I recently saw a ballet aimed at children; The Ugly Duckling. It got me thinking. Many people are Ugly Ducklings. Not because they are not good looking, but because they feel they don’t fit in. They question their identity and value.

The change from duckling to swan is a transformation. In the story it is a physical change, but we know that however much we diet or pump iron we are just the same inside. If we are lost we stay that way.

There is a transformation available to everyone, change that comes into our life when we know God through Jesus Christ.

We may know from the Bible that God cares for all his creation. ‘Look at the birds of the air' (Mathew 6 v5) but that is not enough for the change we need. We must let God fully into our lives. Whatever we have done, He is waiting for us. 'There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents’ (Luke 15 v7). .

Making the change is a personal choice but if you come to God through Jesus you will experience a transformation that will make The Ugly Duckling seem like a fairy tale.

Paul Goulden, Longcauseway Church, Representing Churches Together in Dewsbury. To contact CTiD please ring 01924 454750 or 457057.
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