“The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.” – Arthur Rubenstein
Football has forcefully arrived. With that first kickoff, the attitude of summer quickly faded. Fall is always right there waiting patiently at the door. With such beautiful displays of nature, the fall colors soon get pushed aside to more brisk afternoons and snow flurries. It’s the beautiful cycle of our God-breathed ecosystem, that sustains the very life and growth necessary for human existence.
God knew that constant change was a necessary catalyst for our life cycle. However, we often forget.
We are taught as babies, that our happiness is only found within our comfort. We are raised with examples that everything we achieve is designed to make us feel better. So we become adults that are very set in our youthful, predetermined ways. And things never change.
God gave us a beautiful picture of how life is a constant growing, changing cycle. We choose however to pick our comforts, and remain unchallenged. Oftentimes, we die with the same mindsets we developed as teenagers.
I’d like to challenge you, that as you experience the changing of our seasons, to think about the aspects of your life that need change. Evaluate your routines, habits, and traditions, and ask yourself why those things haven’t changed in decades. Maybe God has something better for you? If He did, would you be willing to do what it takes, to make it happen?
Look at the story of Esther. She was put in a position where she could either choose to remain in her comfort zone, or make the effort to stand up for an entire nation of people. She ignored her insecurities, social standards, pressures, and traditions and petitioned her husband king on behalf of the nation of Israel. Her efforts changed the world forever!
We may never change the world, but we could change the world for somebody.
Change is terrifying. We are creatures of habit. We’re often reminded that our old habits die hard. But we will never grow if we aren’t willing to change. The sad reality is, if we aren’t growing then we’re dying. Is your comfort level worth the expense of a much more abundant and vibrant life that God has called you to? It may be your environment, friends, attitudes, habits or even the culture that you find yourself in. What steps do you need to take to accomplish the change God is leading you to?
Bob Dylan put it best in 1964 when he said “The times they are a-changin.’” How much more rapidly our world changes today! We all admit we would like to leave our world a better place than we found it, but how do we do that?
It begins by taking the first step. Fight your apathy. Fight your habits. Fight your powerless traditions. Seek life. Chase hope. Pursue wisdom. Grasp opportunity. When we set ourselves in a new direction, God often surprises us with new opportunities and challenges that we’d never imagined! It’s when we take that freedom, and use it to challenge the complacencies of the world, that we can truly change our world.
If you never challenge the world, you will never change the world.
Don’t just sit back and watch the seasons change. Be the change. Like Esther, you were created and called for such a time as this!
Today is yesterday’s tomorrow that you prayed for. Today’s the day.
Make it happen.