Well, people have been talking, that’s for sure. Especially here in Kansas City. Monday, KC recorded a record high for January of 74 degrees. It was over 60 when I woke up Tuesday AM. By lunch time it was 48 and dropping. And this morning snow flakes are falling!
It reminds of when we first moved to the area, Don Nolte said, “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait a little while and it will change.” Actually, I’ve been told that everywhere I’ve ever lived! Weather patterns change. Fronts are stalled. Temperatures rise and fall. And there is not much I can do about the changes, Al Gore and the global warming theorists notwithstanding!
But there is one change I can affect. It is changing myself. However, that is the very change we all resist! Leo Tolsoy, the Russian novelist, put it this way, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Yet change is inevitable. Life is full of changes. Circumstances change. Culture changes. Styles change. Laws change. And the weather changes! Some changes are good. Others are bad. But we must accept change. Live with it. Deal with it. Adapt to it.
Ironically, the very people who should embrace change often resist it. And that’s Christians! Maybe it’s because we confuse Truth with tradition. Christ with custom. Human methods with the Divine Message. Obviously God’s Word doesn’t change. And we should remain true to unchanging principles of righteousness and godliness.
But consider this. Christian growth requires change. We are commanded to “Grow in grace and in knowledge” (2 Pet. 3:18). When we became Christians there was a change in relationship–from serving Satan to serving the Lord (Rom 6:17-18). Our thinking should be changed to emulate the attitude of Jesus (Phil. 2:5). God expects a change in our lifestyle (Eph. 4:22-24).
Author and lecturer Gail Sheehy once said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow we are not really living.” Jesus came that we might enjoy an abundant life. A full life. A complete life. In Him. Failure to grow and change will result in a life that is stagnant. Static. And unfulfilling.
No Christian can grow and stay the same. Neither can a church. People that grow make changes. Modify methods. Alter approaches. A business that never changes will eventually go out of business. A sports team that doesn’t change, will find themselves at the bottom of the league standings. A church that won’t change will be staring at a lot of empty pews.
Do you want to grow? To be a stronger Christian? A more devoted wife? A more loving husband? A healthier church? The answer is found in one word. Change.
You can’t change the weather. And you may not change other people. But you can change you!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman