Some of you might not know this, but yesterday was Reformation Day. I know there is a lot of hype about Halloween, but yesterday was also the day that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of a church door. It was a day that he called the Church as a whole to begin reforming the way that they were living for Jesus. Having gone to bible college I hear about this a lot, as opposed to Halloween, but I never really thought about this concept of Reformation Day personally before.

When I went to bed last night that word was stuck in my head and when I woke up it was still there. I began to think to myself, “What are things that I need to reform in my life? What struggles do I need to put an end to now?”

In the same regard another thought has been stuck in my head for a while.

I was hiking with Antonia, her family, and a family friend two weeks ago down at Bear Creek. On the way down the family friend was talking about how she has been sober for so many years (I can’t remember the number) nearly to the date. It was a moment of celebration for her and you could hear the joy in her voice as she talked about it. Ever since then I keep thinking of some of the things I’ve struggled with, and things I still struggle with, and wonder if I’ll ever have a day such as that to look back upon.

So, with these two thoughts in mind I’ve decided to apply this idea of Reformation to my life personally. From today (Nov. 1st) on out I will be striving to live a reformed life. My goal is to break habits that I have been trying to break and purify myself where I need to be pure. My objective is to trust the LORD to be my strength in allowing me to steer clear of these things and to look back at one day that I can truly call my Reformation Day. This does not mean that I will never sin again, or that I won’t mess up, but rather that I am striving for a true reformation of the heart. I long to be a man of integrity, honesty, and character. A man who respects himself and those around him on a daily basis. I desire to love fully and to live as much like Christ as possible!

For me that reformation starts today, November 1st, 2012.

What in your life needs reforming?


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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

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