“Read It, Love It, Live It!” is Becky Tirabassi’s challenge to you if you truly want to change your life in 2011.
Becky, Corona del Mar resident, author, speaker, and life coach, encourages people to try something new this next year that will positively affect every aspect of their lives.
“I haven’t met one person who doesn’t want to change one or more areas of their life,” Becky explained, “And because I have struggled in so many ways, I’ve found simple truths that have changed my life and I just can’t help but share them.”
If you spent five minutes with Becky, you would describe her using words such as “enthusiastic” and “energized.” But if you summarized what she is so excited about, you would have to focus on “The Word,” meaning The Word of God, also known as the Bible.
Becky’s challenge is to be renewed by reading through the Bible this next year.
“Most people are curious about hearing God’s voice, they wonder if someone can hear it. It’s not magical, it’s not mystical – His voice is available, to anyone of any age and any religion. Read it, love it, live it! “ Becky said. “If you read the Bible, you hear God’s voice. The Bible is the best selling book ever; it has to make you wonder why. It can guide us, and comfort us. People want advice and direction. The Bible gives that and more. It’s like a counselor, a friend, and a loving father.”
Becky explained that most people get bogged down reading straight through the Bible, so she suggests reading a 365-day Bible with readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. One-year Bibles are available at bookstores or there is a “Change Your Life Daily Bible” through Becky’s website.
Becky explained why reading through the Bible is a resolution that affects everything.
“When I first read it through, I was overweight, angry, disorganized and a procrastinator,” she said. “But reading the Bible renewed my mind; it is transformational. It makes you think differently, and live differently. When people ask how I stay so fit, I tell them it’s because I read the Bible every day. It is one discipline that impacts every other area of your life. I’ve done it over two decades.”
Becky is passionate about God and telling people about how He can change their lives, because of the powerful ways He changed hers.
“I’m like a lot of Americans who grew up going to church, but I didn’t think church made me popular.” Becky explained. “To get a way from God I went all the way away, and unfortunately I became a partier and an alcoholic.”
Becky explained that she hit bottom at a court hearing related to an accident she had while drinking.
“My lawyer said that if I lied on the stand, I’d be crucified. The only person I’d ever heard about who had been crucified was Jesus. I was only 21 years old and it was a true ‘Come-to-Jesus moment.’ I realized I couldn’t help myself, only God could.”
After the end of the court hearing, Becky drove to an old church.
“I drove there looking for God, but nobody was there except the janitor.”
Becky said. “He’d been a school teacher but lost his job due to his drinking. All he said to me was ‘God loves you just the way you are,’ and I thought to myself that nobody loves me just the way I am. I said a prayer, surrendering my life and asking God’s forgiveness, and it was an absolute turning point. Something happened and God immediately came inside me.”
The janitor gave Becky the New Testament on tape and she listened to it over and over again.
“I heard how God thinks about life and that I was precious to Him,” Becky said. “His love didn’t make me feel ashamed like the other things did. His Word spoke truth to me, it started transforming my mind.”
Becky is leading an online support group for anyone wanting to join her in reading through the Bible. People needing extra encouragement and accountability can register to participate in a weekly conference call and inspirational blog. Becky speaks at Rock Harbor Sunday, Jan. 2 and on KBRT 740AM Jan. 4, from 3-5 p.m.
Becky has been married to Roger Tirabassi, a licensed counselor, for 32 years.
“I’ve been sober that long, too,” she said.
Her ongoing mission in life is to motivate and inspire people of all ages to change their lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She is CEO and Founder of “Becky Tirabassi Change Your Life, Inc.”
For more information, go to www.beckytirabassi.com.
Cindy can be reached at [email protected].