Dad here again. Oh how I pray these posts would be life-giving for you.
Today I had to announce to a ministry I am overseeing, that the ministry would be going through a fair amount of change. Needless to say, there was a lot of emotion in the room. Change does that. Change brings… change, and it’s not always easy.
So today, I want to talk to you about change.
In your lives, you will go through many changes.
Your bodies will change.
Your friends will change.
Where you live will change.
Your schools will change.
Your workplaces will change.
Your Pastors will change.
Your teachers will change.
Your own maturity and thought processes will change.
Your passions and hobbies may also change.
People you love will die.
Some will get married and your relationship with them will change.
You may get married and that in itself will be a huge change.
God willing, you will have children and that is indeed a huge (and awesome change!).
Life will constantly change.
So, as I think of change, I have some advice for you. (and trust me kids, I’ve had a lot of change, your Dad went to 13 schools growing up and has moved on average, once a year for my whole life).
- Change is the only constant. Don’t try to fight it, it will happen, don’t go into denial, face it and embrace it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
- Change can bring out the best and worst in people, including yourself. My advice for staying stable in change, is to build your house on the rock, Jesus. (Matthew 7). When the storms and trials of life come, when change comes out of no where, you will still stand, if you have built your house on The rock.
- Keep your trust in God whilst also trusting others. The reality is, people will always change and can therefore often have great potential to hurt you. However, when your trust is in God, not them- despite the fact that you trusted them, when change comes you will survive. Trust others, but put your trust in Jesus, there is a big difference between trust of someone and trust in someone.
- See change as an opportunity for growth. Change isn’t always good. Cancer, death, separation, these are not good. But they can be used for good, by God. See it as an opportunity.
Kids, I pray you would be so anchored in God, that you can not be shaken in your faith when change comes, as it will.
Don’t ever get comfortable and avoid or deny change. Embrace it, and grow… stronger, wiser and better equipped to expand the Kingdom of God.
Go for it kids! Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will walk on water through the storm!
About the series:
I’m 29 right now, but soon I’ll be 30. 30 sounds so young to some, but to me right now, it’s feels old! It’s a real milestone.
It’s sounds funny to say this but the closer I get to 30 the more I think about what legacy I’ll leave my kids.
To be completely honest, the closer I get to 30, the more I realize I won’t always be here for them, one day I’ll go to heaven and get to be with Jesus face to face, and they’ll have to walk this earth with God in their hearts, the Holy Spirit as their comforter and guide, and Jesus as their example and intercessor, but they won’t have me here. So, for the times they might wonder, what would Dad have to say about this… I’m writing them a blog a day for 30 days. They might not need it now, but if they ever do, I hope it speaks to them.