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Do You Like ChangeMay 1, 2018
I still remember when I graduated from high school like it was yesterday. It was many years ago but because it was one of those milestones in life you never forget it. I remember thinking ‘I can’t wait to get out of high school and do something else that doesn’t require studying’. I said the exact same thing after 4 years of college and then went on to graduate school where I had déjà vu all over again. I always loved change and hated that feeling of being ‘stuck’ or in a place in life where I was not free to do what I wanted to do. Transition and change is part of life and as parents we are always happy to see our kids excel and achieve an education and be handed that diploma they have worked so hard for. We want to see our kids get a job, have friends and family and be part of a church. Most importantly we want to see our kids transition from death to life in Christ as new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17). But what do we as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends of our graduates have to say about being content in our own circumstances that sometimes never seem to change? How many of you reading this feel ‘stuck,’ disillusioned, or are simply unhappy with your life?
I have been at that place before and it’s no fun. But I also know what it means to always be on the move. By the time I was 12 years old I went to 3 different schools because our family had moved to 2 different States and 4 different major metropolitan cities. I went to 2 different colleges in the U.S and Canada and by the time I was 25 was living overseas in Europe. Before I was 40 I had either lived in or traveled to more than 12 countries in 3 continents and had moved a grand total of 13 times. Our move to Waynesboro was my 14th move.
I’m not writing this to brag but to tell you that change is overrated. Change and transition can be good and necessary but sometimes the desire for change and transition can be an escape from embracing and accepting where God has put us now. For those of you desperate for something different, do you ever find yourself asking God how he might be able to use you in your present circumstances to make a positive impact in the life of others, especially gospel impact. You see, if we are completely honest that nagging desire for change is often driven by our need for self-fulfillment.
In closing, during those times when I was antsy looking for the next big change in life I’ve been challenged by the words of Paul in Philippians 4:11 when he wrote, I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. By God’s grace and through the power of the indwelling holy spirit we can do anything God calls us too. Sometimes that will be a call to do something different but what about when we are called to stay where we are. May we all learn to be content in any and every circumstance.