Today is different from any other day in your life, and any other day in human history for that matter. You are not the same person that you were yesterday, last week, five months ago, or ten years ago. Tomorrow you will greet the morning a different person than you are right now. For some of us this is good news, for others, not so much. Either way, change is a constant in life, either desired or unwelcome, but always unsettling. It moves us from where we were to where we will be, containing the seed for either regression or growth. Change removes the predictable, threatens confidence, instills fresh vision, renews flagging energy, or perhaps drains our last drop of resilience.
I need look no farther than my own recent experience for an example of undesired change. A former student of mine posts his thoughts from time to time on Facebook, and I must confess that I’m clueless as to what he’s writing about. He addresses complex ethical theories using philosophical jargon with which I’m unfamiliar, and I feel compelled to fast track learning just so I can claim one wit of understanding. I quickly face the stark reality that I know less than a student I once taught, and that it’s far too late to catch up. Standing still is its own kind of change because the context of standing shifts like the ebb and flow of an ocean tide.
Fortunately, today I’m living out positive change. I am sitting in the E-Terminal of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, adjacent to Gate E38, waiting for my flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, en route to Boone and the headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse. As of this morning, I am employed by Samaritan’s Purse, initiating what I anticipate will be the fulfillment of what I understand to have been God’s call on my life from the time I was nineteen years of age. As desired as this opportunity is, it will require continued improvement, growth, and adjustment. I cannot remain the same, and would not choose such because change softens me, vulnerability feeds brokenness, and brokenness is the precursor to spiritual awakening.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2 KJV)