We are just over a month into the New Year and statistics say that almost half of us who made resolutions to change have already fallen back into our old habits.

I believe we’ve all had those moments in life when we’ve gotten fed up with life as usual and found new determination for change.

For many people, they simply won’t change until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change. Pain in itself is a great tipping point for change, but it takes more than pain alone to experience lasting, sustainable change. We also need to believe that change is possible, and we need to know how to change.

When we take the motivation and experience of our pain and mix it with faith and some practical know how, it will always lead to actions that reflect a sincere commitment to change.

Recently I was reading where a prostitute showed up looking for Jesus while He was attending a party hosted by some Pharisees. I’m sure at first it seemed like some sort of ‘strip-o-gram’. But she wasn’t there as a prostitute, she was there as a person who was desperate for change.

Scripture tells us that she broke open a jar of perfume that cost a year’s salary and began to wipe it on Jesus’ feet with her hair. I’m sure it was an awkward moment for the Pharisees as the fragrance that was associated with her sex appeal filled the room. I also imagine Jesus was grinning at them with a twinkle in His eye.

My point is this… She was desperate for change, she believed it was possible and she was determined to do the one thing that always changes us… she worshiped Jesus. She offered her most valuable earthly possession to Jesus and broke free from the past when she broke that jar. She was committed to lasting change and she was making a statement.

Is there an area of your life where you are desperate for change but you are having trouble letting go of the past?

Spend some time before the Lord today and ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart for any area where you need to change. Tell the Lord that you believe that it’s possible and ask Him to show you how.

Even if it’s painful, take some new steps today that reflect your desperate commitment to change and your surrender to Jesus.

I am praying that 2014 is your best year ever!

Greg Richards is Lead Pastor of Life Church, located on the Courthouse Square.  For more info visit, YourLifeChurch.com