Change and its Positive Connotation
Change: 1. Make or become different
2. Take or use another instead of
When you think of change what emotions do you feel?
With the New Year and so many exciting adventures ahead, I want to encourage you to see change as a positive thing.
In order to successfully get through this year (because the general consensus that I’m hearing about 2018 was that it sucked), you need to open up and let go… I feel like such a hypocrite saying that since I’m such a control freak, but I’m slowly but surely learning.
Unfortunately, I’m not as wise as I like to think I am, but I do have some advice for you. Fortunately for you, the advice I’m about to give is from one of the wisest men to walk the Earth.
After every chapter I read in my Bible I always reread one chapter from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Solomon was the author of both books. Solomon was King David’s son. When King David was dying, he ordained for Solomon to be King. Shortly after this happened, God appeared and offered Solomon anything he wanted. He asked for God to bless him with wisdom, and so he was.
Solomon wrote Proverbs as a guidance for followers of Christ and he wrote Ecclesiastes on his death bed. To think that the wisest guy spent his last days writing to people in the future to encourage them to keep on the righteous path really opens my eyes. After Solomon became king, he soon fell into sin with other women. In a twisted way it’s encouraging that the wisest man (before Jesus walked the earth) fell into sin and was still loved and valued by God. I feel less pressure to be perfect, which is another thing I’m working on this year… I’ll save that for another time though.
Today my advice is all coming from Ecclesiastes. So here we go.
This year I want to encourage you to embrace change by taking risks:
“Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap…Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both equally do well” (11:4-6).
Don’t worry too much about the risks. God loves when we dream big. Dream big, pray about it and do what you feel He is calling you to do. Don’t worry about the logistics, that’s what your Father is there for.
So, be happy and grateful:
“Moreover, when God gives people wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil-this is a gift of
God. They seldom reflect on the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart” (5:19-20).
For those of you that work and worry way more than you should, I want to encourage you to chill and have faith:
“So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them” (3:22).
“All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless” (2:23)
These next few are to everyone. As the days pass by, things are going to be flying at you. Some to hurt you and some to bring you up. Please, whatever you do, don’t ever give up. Sometimes when things get hard we question whether we are doing the right thing. But just like a river, going up stream is always harder than going the norm of downstream. Sometimes it’s hard just because it’s hard. That’s life. I wish I could give a better explanation for your suffering but sometimes that’s just life. But you always have a friend in me and better than that, you’ll always have God. The Holy Spirit is sealedinto our souls NO MATTER WHAT (Ephesians 4:30).
So, keep going anddon’t let the little stuff get to you:
“There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun” (8:14-15).
“Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you- for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others” (7:21-22).
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly without changing a thing.