Revive Me, Week 33– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Grow Through Change
In my personal life I’m in the midst of four major changes. Change is a natural part of life. I know this fact but I’m a chicken. I wrestle with fear, insecurity, and just saying goodbye to what used to be. While I may be the only chicken, I know I’m not the only one facing change.
Our Nation Changes. From the leadership to the values it upholds, our nation is not the same as it used to be. I imagine we have more changes to come.
Our Church Families Change. The kingdom will stand (Dan. 2:44) but the makeup of each body fluctuates. Neal and I were just discussing all the changes that have occurred in the ten years we’ve been here. Several members have gone on to their reward, various leaders have come and gone, and dear families have moved away.
Our Homes Change. Children come into the home and then before you know it, children leave the home. Aging parents or others may need to live in your home.
Even Our Bodies Change. Aging. Enough said.
While the items I mentioned aren’t all negative, they are definitely changes. How can we face them gracefully?
- Remember the One who never changes. “For I am the Lord; I do not change” (Mal. 3:6). His promises stand regardless of shifting circumstances (2 Pet. 1:1-4). His love for us is constant (Rom. 8:37-39).
- Turn the changes into a challenge. Who doesn’t love a good challenge? It can be invigorating and life-giving. When fear threatens, remember that growth comes from being stretched. Facing challenges builds strength and confidence through Jesus Christ our Lord (Phil. 4:13).
- See the Blessings. Those who have experienced change will probably tell you that some good came about as a result (James 1:2-4).
- See the Opportunities. Times of change can be the perfect time to try new things, to test yourself, to walk through open doors that you’ve been hesitant to before. God has work for us always (Eph. 2:10).
Suggestions for the Week:
- To prepare for changes in our nation, pray for courage. We all need to stand up for what’s right and shine for Christ regardless of threats, persecution, or personal cost.
- For changes in the church family, pay attention to who could use some love. New members? Recent widows? Help those who are most affected cope by being their source of encouragement.
- In your own family, thank God for any who might be in your care now. It is always a blessing. Open your heart to those who may need your care. Don’t be hesitant to let go and let God (*pointing to myself big time here).
- Concerning your body, keep up with time. Work to keep it in good condition so you can serve to the best of your ability. Exercise more, make better food choices, drink plenty of water, and don’t become crotchety.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.