It is interesting that how people handle change. Some people are gung-ho and jump willingly into change while others detest change. One is not better than the other, but the inevitable reality we live in is that all things change.
Maybe you experienced a lot of change as a child and now you like for things to stay the same, to be familiar. My oldest, Chloe was talking with us before we bought our new house here in Saint Augustine that she had counted that she had lived in 13 house in 13 years. We didn’t move every year, but from an apartment to a house in town still, counts as a new place for her to lay her head.
We can struggle with change. To take away the familiar can make us uncomfortable. That unwillingness for alongside around us can bleed over into our inward and outward life. We know the things we need to change in our life, but it’s never that easy. Habits that have set in can be difficult to overcome. We all see habits we need to kick but are we willing to make the change that is needed.
I bought some lemongrass plants not too long ago to keep the bugs away from the exterior doors around our house. Dawn kept asking me do you think we should plant them in the ground. I didn’t want them to grow much bigger and so I didn’t transplant them into the ground and all three are pretty much dead now. They got root bound. They ran out of room to grow.
We can be like that. When we don’t want to change we can reach a point where it begins to be noticeable that we have become root bound. Our unwillingness to change keeps us from growing. For the Christian, our desire should be to ever growing and changing as we shed off our old way of life and start to be more and more like Jesus. It is a journey that we will continue to walk down all the days of our life and the further down the path we get the more willing we need to become to change. Jesus calls this ‘Taking Up Our Cross’ and He helps us understand in Luke 9 that those who want to SAVE their life will LOSE it. They will be willing to align their life with Scripture and make the changes necessary.
I know that it’s not an easy path and we want to walk along side of it with you and be an encouragement to you. God has called us together as His church to do just that.
The good news in all this is that as the world changes around us and we change to be more like Jesus, God never changes. His unending love for us lasts forever. He won’t ever move the marker on us but is steadfast in His faithfulness to those that love Him to a thousand generations. That truly is good news!
All For Him,