“I am not against change as long as it is back to the way it was.” That’s the philosophy of many people. I have made my peace with change. I have a different philosophy: “I embrace change because change is embracing me.” I am not always happy with the way change has embraced me. Every day I look into the mirror still hopeful for a change back of about 20 years. It’s not going to happen. So the alternative to embracing change seems to be full-out denial. Denial is like hiding in a dark closet—the light still slips in, the outside noises still can be heard and you always discover your favorite old clothes that you can’t wear anymore but hope to one day if you lost weight, exercised, ate healthy, got enough sleep, but that would mean having to change and you just don’t want to.
Denial takes a lot of time and energy, but so does change. Change is hard work, but so is denial. Either way I have to work at it. Change has some important distinctions: I may have to adapt, learn, replace, discard and/or develop new ways. Pretending not to change always seems easier. Some folks even believe that people can’t change, despite the fact that they also say they believe the Gospel, the power of God’s Spirit and missions. Maybe Christians are supposed to be personal examples of transformational change. “I once was lost but now I’m found. I once was blind but now I see.” Maybe we Christians have put too much emphasis on the “once” instead of the “now.”
A good place to begin understanding that transformational change in every area of life is good for us is Romans chapter 12. It begins by talking about our bodies, then moves quickly to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds,” and then on to our daily routines. (Warning: Reading Romans 12 may cause you to change.) Change or deny.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Embrace change. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.