Change

September 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

          Change.  Not the extra coins in the bowel next to my desk.  No, the kind that takes us from one way of living to another.  It may not be instant.  It may take years in fact.

          I’m amazed watching our society today.  People who point the finger at things that happened, or are said to have happened, years ago.  In some cases, nearly a lifetime ago.  These same people forget that they weren’t the same they were thirty years ago either; probably far from it.

          Putting aside whether an accusation is true or not, as people we all change. We grow, mature, and hopefully, become a better version of ourselves. 

          Parents are usually the ones who tend to lose track of how their children change often thinking of them as the same person they were when they were in high school or college.   Something that is evident at family get togethers and holidays for sure…  

          At our core, most of us are similar to the person we were when younger, but wisdom, grace, and life’s challenges have molded us into a better version today.  There are those who have molded into something worse; that’s another story.

          Recently, I’ve been going through some introspection (well, I do that a lot no matter when).  I’ve been thinking about where I am in life and where I’d like to be over the next ten years.  Life has become comfortable; a little too comfortable in some ways. 

          It’s usually when I see someone doing a good deed for a person in need of help that those thoughts come to the front of my mind.  When I see a person whose life is dedicated fully to the service of others, it spurs that desire inside of me to serve others too. 

There’s something contagious about serving others.  But, for me to do so in ways I’d like, will require some change; having to give up a few of those comforts I’ve been getting used to.  That’s where the challenge comes in when thinking about change.

The older we get, the more easily it is to settle in and not make waves.  Many of you know that a few years ago I stepped out in pursuit of full-time photography.  It was a huge learning lesson.  Since, I’ve taken a great job that I’ve grown to be good at and successful, I’ve grown comfortable.  

In that comfort, the sense that I’d like to do more with my life keeps peaking from around the corner of my heart and mind. Change is still calling. 

One thing I do know; God is never done with us.  We may feel old, tired, and yes, comfortable.  He’s always there needing us to reach out, to help, and to share His love with others.  The creature comforts can never replace the act of self-sacrifice for another.  He made us that way.

          I’ll be praying more in days to come seeking His guidance on what that means.  He’s promised that His gifts and calling are irrevocable, and I believe it.  It may not be what we might imagine; it may be better.  It most likely won’t be about us.  It will be about others. 

          Whatever it is, change is always nearby for all of us.  We just need to be open to it, ready for it, and willing to step through that door when it knocks…

 

Wishing you a great week my friends!

 

Brad

 


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