Monthly Archives: February 2014

The ebb and flow of change

Erica Pearson, ericalovesbooks@gmail.com

Change.

It is as inevitable as the ebb and flow of the sea.  Change, by itself, can be a hurtful thing.  It’s the process of change that is beautiful.

Look at the sea, a place known for bringing about peace and calming.  Yet, the waves sing Sand-Ripples-Changea song of change. The old washed away and new brought forth.  As the water touches the sand and pulls it back and forth it creates beautiful ripples underneath.  Every second a new pattern of crevices is left for a brief moment, until the water returns and flows through every turn dancing in its newly created pattern.  The sand is never the same.  It is changed daily – every moment, every second.

If we look close enough we will find that everything in Creation speaks to change, and yet our souls cry out for a constant!  We fight change with all our beings.  We buy anti-wrinkle cream, and we stay in jobs we hate.  We do not welcome change.

Why then, if we hate it, must everything always be changing?

We must remember change was not His initial, perfect design.  Creation, in Him, was PERFECT.  The garden was always beautiful.  There was no need for rain because the Lord nourished it.  There was no need for seasons, creation rested in His perfect climate control.

And then we chose – and CHANGE entered the world.  And every day since that fruitful choice, we cry!

We cry out for a constant and He says – “I AM. ”
We cry out for things to stay the same and He says – “I DO.”

Change is the catalyst that points us to Him.  He did not leave us in our sin.  He provided a way back to Him.  He promised He would “work all things together for our good.”

He is the only constant in this world.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

                                                               – Romans 8:28

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Being uncomfortable in your Christianity is a good thing

by Trey Campbell, treycampbell1010@gmail.com

You ever had a pebble stuck in your shoe?  Or a strawberry seed stuck between your teeth?  In a weird way, I am asking you to feel that way when you read this.

I want it to be mildly uncomfortable, and only a little painful. Not like the time you kissed that person in eighth grade and later found out it was your cousin… but more like how Jesus and all the heroes of the Bible felt.

Why is uncomfortable good? Being uncomfortable promotes change. It should be a catalyst for action. If something bothers you, you should do something about it, right? If a fly is buzzing around you, don’t you swat at it? If your foot falls asleep, don’t you shake it out?

So why do we get so comfortable in our Christianity that complacency becomes good enough. Our busy lives take the place of our Biblical lives. Maybe you are at a place in your life where you need to swat a few things. Maybe you need to shake some things up.

We know that serving the Lord in this world is not easy. If you find being a Christian easy (here’s where feathers may get ruffled…), then you may not be doing it right.  Are you like a Christian with training wheels and a safety helmet who stays on the sidewalk, or are you jumping creeks and popping wheelies in the neighbor’s yard?

All the greats in the Bible were extremely uncomfortable in every sense of the word – they were beat down mentally, emotionally and physically. Think about some of the greats: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Paul and especially, Jesus. To do as God calls and find yourself successful at answering that call, you will inevitably find yourself in uncomfortable situations.

Blog 1 cross photoI issue you this challenge: live a life of discomfort by serving the Lord. This requires a certain level of discomfort – worse than a hangnail, but not as bad as hanging by nails – say… on a cross.

Are you up to being challenged to live in discomfort?  Are you taking up a cross in your life?Life is a journey toward eternity. That eternity will be forever with Jesus.  You in?

I’ll leave you with this verse:
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35