Lamentations 3:22-24 (msg)
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
2 Corinthians 3:18
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
Change is all around us. Changes in the atmosphere. Changes in attitudes. Changes in appearances. Change in jobs. Change in friends. Change of style. Change of location. Change of mind. Change of direction. Change of seasons. Change, change, change, change…..it’s enough to drive the normal person insane. Perhaps we should look at it from a different angle, God’s view. As there is a theme of change in the earth, so is there with our Heavenly Father.
God changes hearts, mindset, directions, attitudes, atmospheres and locations in our very lives. He has the power to set change in motion, often without our even being aware of it happening. Suddenly we find ourselves far from what we had originally set out for, yet we feel at peace because God decided the change for us. God is determined that none shall perish and so daily He seeks to change the hearts of those who know Him not. He often changes us and where we are headed to accomplish this. Does that make any sense?
Maybe we were set out for a really nice dinner and we had a destination in mind only to arrive to find it closed, relocated or being renovated. We instantly become disappointed and perhaps a little angry, but if we change our mindset, we will anticipate what God really has in store for us. He may send us to several locations before we reach our final destination, yet when we are secure in Him and surrender our wills, a blessing will happen.
What if the next person who needed Jesus was at the new place you arrived at to eat? You did not have any idea there was someone who needed some compassion, however, God did and He made a way for you to bring Light into that persons life. How amazing is that? I know, not many of us like change especially when we think we have it all together. We get frustrated when things don’t quite go as planned, but this is where the changing of the mindset comes in. Do all things as if we were honoring the King. Think and react as a child of God on a mission to accomplish His true desire, saving the lost.
Embracing change is never easy. We get comfortable where we are at and begin to become set in our ways, refusing to see things at times any differently. Friends, I tell you this, we are not here for us. We are here because God wants a relationship with each and everyone of us that He has created and His desire is to change us from the inside out so that we can lead others to Him. What an honor it should be to serve the King. What a privileged to win souls for the Kingdom of Heaven. We are empowered by a God who loves us so much He sent His own Son to a cross to die for us.
So surrendered I will remain. Let God change my plans. Let God move me. Let God change EVERYTHING in me that does not represent Him. I want to be a light for the lost. I want to be maneuvered by the love of God Yes, I am embracing change. Change is good. Change is wonderful. Change is what I have been longing for all this time.
“[A psalm of David.] Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” Psalm 103:1-2 NLT
Well, the Christmas season is gone, and next it is New Years. A time of setting goals and making resolutions. Perhaps the precise moment in time to change a few bad habits in our lives like smoking or over-eating. A chance for new beginnings to start in our lives. Maybe we plan to marry someone this coming year, big things to plan there. Or we want to get fit and healthy so we can live a little longer. What if we looked at the coming year a bit differently than usual? Why not take the focus off from us and place it onto someone else? Hmmmm……some food for thought huh?
The last blog I wrote about the real meaning of Christmas had to do with hope and one of my readers commented with this simple thing: Helping Ordinary People Everywhere = H.O.P.E. What a brilliant idea for a resolution for 2012! If I know God is taking care of my every need and He is in control, does that not open me up to help others? If I am trusting God then I need not worry about me, I can focus on being of the Father’s business instead, just like Jesus. What a novel idea!
In today’s society we are so wrapped up in worry we fail to see past it all. We can never seem to get ahead and are always wondering where the next big corruption in our life is going to happen. Well with the H.O.P.E. plan in place, whala, no more worry because we will have taken the focus off from our own circumstances and begin to see the needs of others around us. I know, it will not be as easy as I seem to make it look, but we can pray on it. We can ask God to show us how it can be accomplished.
So many things can be done with this new focus. We can grow in our relationship not only with God but with the people will be interacting with along the way. I am so excited to be going to Grand Rapids tomorrow with my fellow managers to visit a Ronald McDonald House. We will be preparing dinner and visiting with the children and parents who are currently there. What a joy it will be to just help out in this small way. When we stop staring at ourselves in the mirror long enough to see that there are others hurting out there too, perhaps we can begin to make a difference.
I know when I was in the midst of my marriage I was very broken and as I have shared was stuck in a rut of depression that I couldn’t even see. I thought I was the only one going through what I was and that no one could possibly have it as bad as I did. Now that I am on the other side of the circumstance, I can clearly see I did not have it as bad as the battered wife or the ones living in complete poverty without a roof over their head. I am grateful for what God did to change my life and now I am ready to help change some others around me. I am excited for the completion of my book to be right around the corner for I know since it has been inspired by God, it will touch the lives of others who need to be pulled up and set upon safe ground.
So in conclusion, I am going to leave me behind and begin to look for opportunities to help those who need it. I find myself not much of a servant style person even though I like helping others. I will start looking for simple ways to brighten someones day, perhaps starting the greeting card company with my daughter will happen this year too. I don’t really know where this will take me but I am ready for a journey with God. I know He will lead me and send me down the right avenues if only I open myself up to be used by Him. May your hearts be touched as well to maybe go outside the box a little this year and try to make a difference in the lives of those around you. Be creative. Share your ideas. Just go and love His people!