Change can be Doing things Different- In the Word 4:18-16

Doing things Different; In the Word 4-18-16

Anyone who really knows me will agree that I am a ‘creature of habit’ type person. I do things by rote a lot and that means I do not always see the beautiful new things going on around me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk through life with blinders on, but I do pretty much follow a pattern to my days. It is what works for me; most of the time. Years back I took a personality test that told me I was a sanguine/melancholy; according to the outline it means I am a person who loves to live spur of the moment but also I am a person who likes to plan everything out in detail. I can tell you both sides are true! 
I like to live my base by deign. I follow the ‘to do list’ the planners, the whole what I am supposed to do. Sometimes though I feel like stepping outside the box  and out of my comfort zone, unfortunately it is not always me who chooses when I have to do this. When God changes my path, or rather the one I think I am to be on, and shows me the way He wants me to walk I do not always keep a stiff upper lip… in fact I tend to accept things on the outside more than on the inside until I take some time with Him to sort things out. Once I have done that it is much easier to accept the things I cannot change, and to see the difference between that and things in which I can indeed change and how to go about it.
Jesus was in the temple when I man who needed healing came up to him. The religious leaders watched him from near by to see if he would break their laws not to work on the Sabbath and heal the man. Matthew 12:9-13

When He knew their hearts and minds, being that He is God, Jesus reminded them that it is okay to do good on the day and then healed him. 
Sometimes we can get all caught up in doing what we think is the right thing and get lost in the good that God wants us to do.
 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers[a] of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.[b]10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 3:6-10

When we focus on God, not on the plans or desires of men but follow after the direction that Jesus has given us then we will know God is in all that we do. Sometimes we have to follow the leaders we have been placed behind but if God is with us then we will be walking in the path He laid out, even if it seems to us that it may be awkward at times.
Personally I greatly dislike change. Because of the afore mentioned personality traits I love to plan things out, and am usually okay with a spur of the moment change but if it is someone else who has uprooted the area that needs to change, I do not always like it.
When I change my plans it is one thing; when someone else changes them it sometimes disrupts my process.
Ah, but ‘they’ say ‘change is good’!

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Coriinthians15:52

When put that way, I can handle change… I think. This change will be permanent change, but what about the other things? God changes our heart according to

 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.1 Corinthians 12:11

I come to the conclusion that change must happen in me in order for me to grow more like Jesus; since the purpose of my life is indeed to be like Him; this is my heart’s desire and I choose to allow change to effect me in a good way.

So, today as I write this, and study out the Word I am realizing that I must accept change, if not embrace it as an important part of my Christian growth. If I were to avoid change all together would I not become stagnant as a pond left alone in the hot summer months?

As we realize the need for change our heart begins the softening change that it takes to accept the changes in our lives. It would be easy to be tough, and not accept changes and end up in the wrong place in the end. As a child we are told not to cry, to be tough, strong and other such things when the world gets crazy around us; but God wipes away the tears we shed instead of chastising us he holds us and comforts us. It is a contrast but we must be as those little children, believing, ready to change in an instant, in order to be shaped into the man or woman of God He has intended for us to become.

So if you get up tomorrow and go off to work and find out that things are in different places, or that your boss has changed how she does things, just embrace it. Something good is bound to happen when things begin to change.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to accept the things we know have to change. Give us strength to change the things we do not think we can change, and push us on through the things that are changing around us to help us to reach the point that You want us to end in, in Jesus’ name, amen,

Suggested readings: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Ephesians 4:1-32, and 1 Peter 3:1-22