A Penny for your thoughts
Change… who likes it? For most it can be annoying. Some are skeptical of it, and many are fearful of it. In fact when it comes to money, “change” often times is put away in a jar and not thought of until absolutely necessary. Now I’m not going to make my focus on money but it’s funny to me that we often do the same with life change. We stick it away….push it aside…. just stick with the norm… the easy. Maybe this is just me, but change becomes the left-over stuff that I often don’t want to deal with instead of the beginning of some new incredible possibility.
Growing up in California was awesome. Sunny and 70 most days, except for August….ugh. It is where I met some of my closest friends, where most of my family still lives, where my kids where born and raised, and where I fell in love with the most beautiful, incredible, supportive wife anyone could ask for or desire. I still consider it my home away from home. When we were offered an opportunity to move to North Carolina and start a new life, it was one of the most exciting, challenging, and scary things we have ever done. New people…new environments…new food….and sometimes it feel like a new language. Fear of that change crept in often, but God reminded me time and time again of His consistency in my life and the life of my family. In fact Joshua 1:9 speaks to this… it says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” I don’t know about you, but that gives me hope… it excites me… the possibilities become endless. You see, we don’t need to fear change, in fact we are commanded to do the opposite…Be strong and courageous!
Where are you???
Here is my question to you….What are some of the things in your life that you are holding on tight to? You know those things that you don’t want to change. Can you identify them?Have you allowed them to become idols? Are you living in complacency?
Next week we’ll chat more about this, but let me leave you with this last thought. We as a church are called to be changed…transformed…. I saw a message online the other day that stuck with me… “If change rarely occurs, people will begin to see change as the enemy-and complacency as the goal”
Be changed-Be transformed-Be strong-Be courageous