Friday, 20 February 2015

Change is..?

Change is exciting, invigorating.  
Opening up opportunities, 
offering new ways of doing things.   

Change is scary, 
our landscape is altered, irretrievably, irrevocably.
We cannot go back, only adapt.  
Sometimes we cope by retreating, 
hiding within ourselves,
where we can pretend that change is not happening, 
and by not engaging
reduce the potential to get wounded.

Change is good, 
offering up new horizons
and providing fresh opportunities for different conversations, unpolluted by cynical deja vu.

Change is paralysing - we no longer understand how we should react.  We rationalise, and try to apply previous experiences.  
We experiment. 
We evaluate. 
We survive. 
The unfamiliar becomes more familiar.  
We relax and begin to enjoy the journey.

Change is inevitable.  
Nothing stays the same.  
We constantly adapt, in ways too subtle for us to notice.
We ride the waves.
Sometimes we get battered, 
but we also experience moments of pure exhilaration.

I wonder how Jesus felt, as he went into the desert.
I am sure he knew that it was not going to be easy. 
Forty days of physical and mental torture, 
Forty days of fasting.
Forty days of obedience,
wrestling with temptation, 
and winning the battle!

All this makes me wonder how much perseverance we have? 
How often we give each other 'get out' clauses
instead of encouraging each other
to keep on battling against our inbuilt human weaknesses? 
“Yes, but you don’t REALLY need to do that, 
God would not want you to struggle…" 

The only way to take control of a bad habit
is to wrestling with it, 
and developing the mental strength to hold out, 
even when everything in you wants to quit.  

If you want to win, hold on to the grace of God. 
Don’t let others talk you in to settling for less.  
Remember, that we do not have to rely on our own strength, 
because Christ who battles with us, 
and for us, 
if we allow him,
he dwells in us.