Some things we know are so, just because they are; like the law of gravity, or the fact the sun will come up tomorrow, or that heaven is a real place that we get to go to if we believe on Jesus. For those, we have physical proof, or the test of time, or the Word of God as a guarantee.
Straightforward and clear; no questions there. Easy.
But one thing we certainly don’t have in this life is the promise of predictability…
We have no way of knowing what the future really holds, and no reasonable expectation that our circumstances, this world we live in, or life as we know it won’t change. We might be at war tomorrow. Or there might be a famine, even here in the United States. Or our economy might not function the way it does now. We can’t count on “things” remaining the same.
For those of us who don’t like change and find safety in routine, that’s really scary. But at the same time, it’s really exciting because life is truly an adventure. And in a way, it’s all good since we know that no matter what the future holds, we will step into it holding on to the hand of the One who knows it all; isn’t He the God of Alreadies?
Here are four helpful keys in view of the lack of predictability in each of our personal futures:
1. Don’t waste time longing for “the good old days.”
They probably weren’t as good as you make them out to be. And even if they were, that was then, and now is now… The person you are now is not who you were then. So remember your past for what it is: your past, and make a decision to embrace your life in the NOW.
2. Be ready for the change that is coming.
Whether you are screaming and kicking or not, change is coming; you might as well be gracious about it. It is a lot less painful when you welcome it. You might actually come to see that the change can be a very good step in your life after all. But if your eyes remain closed and you refuse to discover what is at hand, you will be bitter and you will miss out on the opportunities that are right around the corner.
3. Meditate on God’s faithfulness.
The more we consider His greatness and faithfulness, the less scared we are about change. Enough said!
4. Remember that you are unique and made for NOW.
You and you alone can live your life. You and you alone can live your NOW. You and you alone have been gifted, equipped and prepared for your NOW, and I and I alone have been gifted, equipped and prepared for mine. Not one of us has the fortitude to live in the past nor to do well in the future. And none of us can live someone else’s life. We were made for our very own present, and that is where we function best.
It’s simple enough, isn’t it? So let’s not complicate it. Let’s step into our now, no matter what it entails. And let’s live it on purpose, shall we?
How will you not fight change this week?
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