Reality dose of the day: Change happens.
That. Can. Be. Scary.
Life is like a road. If you sit down in the middle of the lane, two things will happen. People will simply move around you or you will get hit and be forced to move any way.
Change happens whether we want it to or not. Now when traveling down a road, it is important to check your map. It is okay if you need to take a pit stop. But, you have to get back on the highway sooner or later or you’re never going to get where you need to be.
Life can be like this. We’re on a highway, but it isn’t the same stretch of highway or scenery the whole time. Sometimes we are driving along and we’re are in the mountains. We may be worried about our brakes burning up, but are still captivated by the beauty all around us. Sometimes we are at the beach, we can smell the salt air, and feel the light breeze on our skin. But, over the waves we see the storm coming. With all this change, how do we stay grounded? How do we stay grounded in our faith? How do we stay grounded in life and not just float away?
If life is anything, life is change. Change can be scary, but change can good. Say that out loud right now. Change can be good. I love survival shows and being outdoors. When you are in a survival situation, you have two options: Stay where you are and fortify your place or move. When you stay where you are, you are hoping that someone finds you. When you move, you are hoping to find someone. I challenge you to move. Do not wait around in life to take the chances, make those changes. Be wise but also be brave.
In the Bible, there is a bunch of transitions because the timeline of the book is very long. But, I love the guidance that God gives to Joshua.
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:8-9 HCSB
Joshua 1:8-9. Joshua was about to become the leader of the whole nation of Israel. Moses had led them in the desert for forty years and now it is time to come to the promise land. I can just imagine being Joshua, he has been following Moses and watching him lead but leading can still be scary when you had someone leading that was in direct communication with God. Mind blowing. But God essentially tells him: Do not forget what I have already taught you and be strong and courageous. Be wise and be brave.
So when you are on life’s big highway and you have to go left or right, follow Gods map and be wise and be brave. I want to leave you with this word of advice. I had a professor in college teach us on how to make Biblical decisions in Ministry. He gave us a list of questions to ask ourselves to find the answer. The last question on the list will always be my favorite:
Which choice will be the most advantageous in my walk with God?
I am in my twenties and dealing with a lot of transition, moving out, going to college, trying to get a job, making bills and paying bills, learning how to have a healthy social life, while trying to reach my own personal goals. The hardest transition though is trying to follow Jesus when everyone else is running the other way. All of these things are hard changes. But I am going to be wise and be brave just like Joshua. I am going to try and filter all my decision and actions through that question. In transition, I am striving to live a life filled with making choices which are advantageous to my walk with God.
Author | Liz Bagley