I have always enjoyed having something “new” as far back as I can remember. It was always exciting when my mom took my siblings and I shopping in preparation for the upcoming school year. I knew I would at least get three skirts, four tops and a pair of shoes–thus developing a sophisticated art of stretching 3 outfits over 5 days. The key was to change up the tops with my skirts…creativity at its best indeed! Where I’m from (Raeford, NC), the first two weeks of school carried such a great sense of pride for us in that we got to show off all of our new clothes. I will never understand how mom took my “two fish and five loaves of bread” wardrobe and caused it to multiply for months!!
It was during that time, as a youngster, I learned that I get bored very easily. Change to some degree had to be a constant even if nothing more than experiencing change in my imagination. Adapting to change was so much easier for me as a child and teenager than being an adult. My comfort and stability has come from knowing what comes next or what to do next. For example, I’ve been trained to be a musician practically all of my life. It is the only job I’ve ever known. 20+ years of doing the same thing and doing it quite well I’m told. All of a sudden gradual discontentment began to take its course. Why the discontentment I wondered? My schedule and system work just fine. Could it be frustration with the “usual of church work”/my job or could it be the deeper side of me yearning to be discovered and experienced? I believe that it was both reasons in my case and perhaps could be yours as well. What was a blessing in the past could end up being a curse in the present if we’re not able to discern set times and seasons. God has declared the end from the beginning. He always starts with the end while life produces backward motions to bring us to our expected end. Our job is to simply keep moving forward toward the high calling which is in Christ Jesus. I suppose that’s what is meant when people say life is a circle–like a clock, we’re moving backwards in the supernatural and forward in the natural all at the same time. Some may think God is a noun, but I believe God is a verb because He is constantly moving. To decide not to change or to remain in “still mode” is to be equivalent to being behind. A balanced life is often about taking calculated risks and doing things out of the norm. It could be moving out on a hunch, going with a spontaneous idea, a career change, opening yourself to be loved by another, being more health conscious, re-inventing yourself, etc. I’m learning to embrace the benefits of change. It makes life so much richer and adventurous. We only have one life to live, one day at a time, one moment at a time. I have decided to go for the new with all that is within me and am in hopes you will do the same.
The lyrics of this Diana Ross classic are so moving yet profound: “But now it’s my turn, if I don’t have all the answers–at least I’ll know I’ll take my share of chances–Ain’t no use in holding on with nothing stays the same. I’ll let it rain, cause the rain ain’t gonna hurt me. And I’ll let you go though I know it won’t be easy.” I bid farewell to the familiar and welcome to the unfamiliar. To everyone reading this blog, may you have the courage to leave the old and embark upon the horizon of a brand new world that is waiting just for you!!
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