Change is in the air… I can feel it! And you know why? School starts tomorrow!!
It’s the end of late nights and sleeping in the next morning. It’s the end of pool days and slip-n-slides. It’s the end of flip-flops and halter tops.
Thank… you… Jesus! 😉
As much as I love my kids, this is a change that I look forward to… you, too? We have exhausted ourselves and are able to mark everything off our summer “to-do” list… and now it’s time to get back to the routine.
I like routines. There is something about predictability that settles my nerves. I appreciate my calendar being neat and tidy rather than scribbled with random activities. Yes, I happily embrace this kind change.
But there are some changes that are not as… appealing.
For example, when God calls us out of personal comfort zones and into change… we’re not always so eager to embrace it. We may even find that it paralyzes or traumatizes us. We may ignore the call. We might even throw a fit and fight it tooth and nail.
But the truth is that when we are presented with change, it’s a perfectly orchestrated opportunity to trust Him more. In fact, if we go with it… we’re gonna come out better on the other end.
What is God changing in your life? Are you being called:
- from corporate America to full-time ministry?
- to adopt a child when you thought those child-rearing days were over?
- to step out of a life-draining addiction… something you hold close?
- out of an abusive relationship?
- to sacrificial giving… an amount that seems too big?
Look. What we have in common through the generations is that we all face change. The Bible gives us rich examples of how “change” literally “changed” people and situations for the better.
- We see an example of a career change when Paul (then Saul) went from a life of killing Christians to a call to lead them… and became a missionary apostle focused on spreading the Good News to Gentiles. (read Acts 9)
- We see an example of a life-altering change from Job who went from being a wealthy man in both family and possessions to a man with nothing… but his faith was proved authentic and his story is a source of comfort for many. (read book of Job)
- We see an example of a lifestyle change with Sarah and Abraham who went through life with no son and at a ripe old age (90 and 100, respectively) conceived and gave birth to Isaac… one of three patriarchs of the Jewish people. (read Genesis 21 and 22)
Be it yesterday or today… there is one thing you can be sure of in this life. Change.
Here is your homework:
- Make a list of the area(s) in your life where you see change… either happening now or on the horizon.
- Write down what you feel God is moving you “from” and where you feel He is moving you “to.”
- Pray for God to prepare your heart to embrace the change.
- Resolve to be part of the process rather than part of the problem.
Friends, when change comes… trust that when God is involved in it… it’s always for the better!
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