A few years ago my friends and I took a trip to a conference in Virginia. While there we were talking about and sensing the winds of change beginning to blow. We even danced on our pocket change during the conversation…haha. It was a lot of fun, but we had no clue the magnitude of change that was coming and that we are all now experiencing. Change is here and some of it is very challenging. The world we live in today is not the same economically, socially or spiritually as the world of only a couple of years ago.
During changing times we can start feeling insecure and begin to question stuff concerning our lives. Some change jobs, churches, friends. Some even change their spouse, as life is not what it once was. I guess we all are tempted to take things into our own hands and start making changes in response to changes. I believe we should be very careful in that! If there ever was a time to walk circumspectly, it is now (Eph. 5:15-18).
Some change is forced upon us and when it is we must not put our heads in the sand and hope it goes away. It is an undeniable fact that one year from now our life will be better or it will be worse, but it will not be the same. I believe one of the best things I can do is to be intentional and steward myself through theses changing times and to stay committed to the course of life that God designed for me (2 Tim. 4:7) regardless of the changing circumstances.
I say all that because I have learned through a whole lot of trial, error and angst that sometimes in life, the only thing I have control or decision-making authority over is myself. My response, attitude and focus is what I can decide upon for myself. No one has the right to determine that for me unless I give the right to them. A few years ago, I made a conscious decision that I was not going to live with a victim mentality. I was not going to allow my history, shortcomings, circumstances and what others said or did to determine the course of my life. And I am not to be a victim of change.
Change should serve us and reposition us to be enlarged and prosper (not talking monetarily necessarily here) in His kingdom. I think many at least hope that is so, but the feelings of change are so misleading that we easily misinterpret what is going on and start reacting and doing stuff that works against us. But God desires to use change to bring us into prosperity of soul and life (3 John 2). I personally define that as having and living a quality of life that inspires and benefits others.
King David is a great example of this. He not only served God in his generation (Acts 13:36), but has been a source of inspiration and an example for every believing generation since. David could have easily become a victim of his father ignoring him, his brothers resentment and put down, Saul’s insanity, his terrible sin with Bathsheba and on and on, but in the end he was the man raised up by God, the man anointed by God, the sweet Psalmist of Israel (2 Sam. 23:1). David was truly a magnet for blessings. That is the change God wants to make in all of our lives, to change us until we become and recognize that He loves us and the changes He brings forth in our lives or the changes He uses position us to advance His Kingdom and thus receive His blessing.
Dancing again this morning on change!