Inevitable Change

 

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Embrace change!  We’re encouraged to do this in today’s fast-paced, ever developing, technology driven society.  If we don’t change and continually learn, we will be left behind and eventually get to the point where it is hard to even function.

While God remains the same, His world is always changing.   Each rotation of the earth around the sun brings a host of distinct challenges, opportunities, blessings, joys, trials, and sorrows.  Every day people are born into life here and every day some leave.  Plants appear in the spring and then begin to die out in the fall as the trees go bare, only to be replaced by new buds the next spring.  Most animals appear for just a few short years before they die and are replaced by their offspring.

A few decades ago,  most of the people we care about and spend most of our time with today didn’t even exist.  A couple of decades in the future and our family will look totally different than it does today.

Remember when we were very young we though we will be on this earth for what seemed like an eternity. Then suddenly in early adult hood the stark reality hit us that life is going by much faster than we ever imagined.

With each passing day we become a little different.  We are a little older, a little fatter or skinnier, depending on what we ate, a little wiser or dumber, depending on what we allowed into our minds.  A little richer or poorer depending on what economic decisions, good fortune or trouble we happened to experience that day.

No two days will ever be the same and neither will we be the same tomorrow as we are today. Therefore, embrace change and embrace this day.  In a way It will be our last for there will never be another one exactly like it. Besides, it’s the only one we are guaranteed to have!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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Can I Get a Do Over?

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I hate regrets.  I’ve made some bad decisions in my life as well as some really good ones, too.  The good ones, I’m happy with and wouldn’t change a thing.  These were decisions that were right, God inspired, and things turned out well.

Other decisions, on the other hand, were made hastily without listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or worst yet, by totally going against what God was telling me to do.  In those circumstances things have not turned out so well.  While God is the great redeemer and has saved me from a host of my dumb mistakes, if I had a chance to do things over, I’d make those decisions differently.

As we mature we learn from our mistakes.  We get wiser with age and then look back and say What was I thinking?  How many times have we said If I had it to do over again I wouldn’t do that again or I would do that differently.

The good news is that we do get a do over.  Not in this life perhaps, but in our eternal life.

The Bible gives us some insight into what life will be like in eternity.  We will know as we are known (1 Cor. 13:12) We will have important work to do (Rev. 20:6) and we won’t have to deal our earthly, sinful nature (Heb. 8:12)

I’m glad God is merciful and has forgiven me of my many sins, short-comings, and failures.  Without His mercy, I would be in a terrible place.  I’m thankful that I’m wiser today than I was twenty years ago.  I wish I had been wiser twenty years ago.  Though I wasn’t, God took care of me anyway – and He still does today.

With God, everything serves a purpose.  Every trial, goof-up, horrible mistake, and sorrow we endure here on earth can serve as a learning ground for not only our future on Earth but in the life to come.

The goal is to mature and grow in Christ, becoming more like him every day.  It’s a life-long process for sure and we all experience set backs in our journey, but for those who endure, blessings await.  For he is preparing us for something greater than we can even imagine!

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?  I Cor. 6:2