People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. (James Allen, 18th-19th century British writer)

“If only I had a different job . . . boss . . . teacher . . . computer . . ., I could be a better person and do a better job.” Sometimes we think that way, blaming our shortcomings on anyone or anything that occurs to us. We need to be reminded, as Allen suggests, that we are bound, not by circumstances but by our unwillingness to change. That’s where improvement begins.

“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things” (Revelation 2:19).