By Charles Towne

Are you happy with where you are in life?  More importantly, let’s put it another way, are you contented with WHO you are?

You, if you are like me, have likely endeavored to make some changes that you know would aid you in becoming a better, happier, healthier, more fulfilled you, but sooner or later you discover yourself slipping and sliding back into the quagmire and corruption of old habits, the old you.

We are, after all, creatures of habit, and I am here to tell you, the devil takes advantage of this fact.  Change is not something we take kindly too.  Change, becoming transformed, taking on a different character other than who I have been all my life, is strange, and strange is uncomfortable, out of the norm, even painful for a time.  But believe me, it is worth it.  In the beginning of Dr. Phil McGraw’s life strategies workbook, the author writes, “Books don’t change people, people change people.”  I agree with his statement that books don’t change people, oh, they may serve as a catalyst for change but no more, but, my life experience has taught me that people, though they may inspire, even motivate us to change, they don’t change us either.

I believe, and this is from my life experience, genuine, life-altering change, can only be ignited and fanned into flame by a spark from the divine.   In other words, we cannot, by will alone, become something that we are not.  Only God can transform an earthy, carnal character into something good, pure, kind, loving, and patient.

The transformation of a man’s character is no less a miracle than a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.  For us, you and I, to break free of the chrysalis of sin into glory?  Oh my, how beautiful!  The root meaning of the word, change is, to cut off; to cut off that which offends, or to separate yourself from that which is offensive, therefore, real, genuine change calls for passionate commitment.  Are you ready for change?


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. Turning 50, 10 years ago , ignited a passion to challenge who i thought I was. Faced with life changing circumstances challenging my inner spirit. The one I thought was my strength. Facing uncertainties of sickness & War. I was the support & caregiver for my soulmate battling Cancer;. The mom to a young Military Soldier deployed to the front lines of War, 2 wars. There was Joy in between, becoming a grandmother, to the 2 babies, my young military son left behind when he was at the front lines of war. The life of complacency was shaken to it s core., it started with my Retirement from NYC Police Department. Setting a course of slipping away from
    Chaotic environment , 21 years dealing with the highs & lows of living life serving others. Yes, I agree when we settle into comfort; our spirits are awaken challenging our resolve; our faith; our belief. Through Faith; Hope & a gazillion prayers negotiating daily, I gained strength to get through the storm because my inner spirit refused to give way to darkness, Faith is powerful .

  2. Diane, my mama told me, ” t isn’t the size of the person that matters, it is the size of the trials that person endures, and having passed through said trials, thrives on the other side.” Having lived the caregiver’s life for over 15 years all I can do is give you three resounding cheers. I learned as a caregiver, and having learned I was able to write a book for caregivers which will be a blessing to many. My point is, without the experience there could be no book. You have a tenacity that with trust in God will take you through. I am saddened by your losses, but encouraged by your faith. May Papa God bless you and hold you close. Sincerely, Chaz

    • My son did make it back home from both wars. His deployments caused emotional hardships I was not prepared for. My reference to the gazillion prayers & negotiations were through his 2 long deployments. He is still an active member of Army National Guard. Thank you for your kind words.

  3. Diane, one thing I have realized in life is that the human spirit is resilient. It is a beautiful fact that we are because He is! Your life and mine are made better because we have the courage to share and thus to have empathy for others. I love stories where neighbor loses all but reaches out and helps neighbor. We have seen that recently in the flooded areas of Texas, the storm ravaged P.R., as well as here in the south. Let us not ask “Where is God?” But let us declare, “There is a God, and He loves us!” I like the idea that if you were the only person on earth, Jesus would have died just for you! That makes each of us, even the doubter, very special indeed. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz

    • Thank you for your words of wisdom. Faith is powerful. You are correct in your observation regarding the human spirit.

  4. Diane, in my lifetime I have learned that we can rebound from almost any catastrophe and I believe we have many examples of that enigmatic ability in our community, even in our families. I look at people and I see heroes in the making. We cannot imagine what we are able to overcome, to rise above, until we are slapped in the face with the unmentionable. .Yeah, heroes in the making and heroes walking among us in the form of our wonderful civil servants Blessings, Chaz

  5. I am so thankful for the promises of our loving LORD! He tells us we can have the mind of Christ and that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds and that, I believe, is done by hiding His word in our hearts! Blessings and may God continue to shine through you and give you strength for each day!


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