Change- Man that is a tough word to speak. At times it is so scary that we stutter when we say it with a fear that comes from the unknown, not being sure of what is next. Change means different, when you wake up tomorrow there will be a new adventure to go on, a new challenge to face, a new way to do things, our routines may be shot, sometimes good changes, but often difficult ones.
Like retiring from your job, changing locations, getting married and going into full time ministry. That's massive, and for the last few weeks that this has become reality there were days when I was a little freaky. Though I am ready now, it took some time to pray through it to adjust.
Once Jesus asked the rich young ruler to change, he did not. He asked his apostles to change, they did. He mentioned to the Jewish leaders that they should change the way they thought toward God, they didn't. God told Abraham to change his location, he did, Moses to change his calling, he did. He told a generation of followers he was the way to change, some did, most did not.
What made the decision different? The one's who did had their mind on God, the ones who didn't had their mind on this world we live in. Every day we wake up there is a possibility of change, and truth is, if we are not seeking to find the will of God in every day, we won't change. How many times have we all wanted to change, but we couldn't change that habit, that channel or that mindset? Quite frankly, we are hooked on what we have, not what God has.
Change, my friends, is so much easier when we know it is God inspiring the change. But if our focus is on what we have, how much money we are making and how big our houses are, the only change we make is toward making that better and bigger.
When we know God is in the change, the fear gradually slips away. After a few prayers and a cup of coffee, we begin to understand that all of life is about change, we can never stay the same. Think not? Try to wake up tomorrow and stop your aging, those lines in your face identify change. Try going to the movie which costs $11.50 hand them a $20 bill and not ask for change. Everybody freaks out when something is different, not knowing the outcome of change.
Change is everywhere and in everything and if you don't like it I understand, but if you don't change you will lead a very boring self centered life, and God will never be your reason to change, it will all be about you.
I know this change. Used to be all about me, used to be all about what I could get. Now, as I progress on that path toward the end of my earthly life, every day I wish to look less like Glenn, and a lot more like Him.
That requires a whole lot of Change.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.