We are all learning that the world may never go back to what it was. Our lives may not go back to what they were. Some of us may never return to the offices we once worked at or even to the same job. Some may have to continue living in multi-generational households for the foreseeable future while others may never step foot in the houses we lived and raised our kids. Unfortunately, some of us may have lost family members and friends to the pandemic.
Many of these changes can be hard given that they may have been made out of necessity and not because we wanted them. Some were made for safety reasons while others may have been financial ones. Some of these changes have been so painful that we are still mourning.
However, in due time, we will realize some of these changes were beneficial ones. During these challenging moments, it’s important to remember that change is a part of being a Christian. We are taught to let go of our old ways and in doing so we become Christ-like.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The change that we are going through is nothing that God hasn’t prepared us for. As Christians, we are armed and ready for change even if we are resistant to it.
You may find that these changes will bring you closer to God and your family. You may find yourself thinking of the future in different ways—from aspirations of making more and buying more to one of service. In these challenging times change is inevitable, as it is during your transformation as a Christian. You may be so in tune in your walk with God that the old you is unrecognizable. Embrace the change that can benefit you and start to think of why God is leading you in this direction.
But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18
This does not mean the change will be easy. Often times we resist change because we can’t wrap our minds around why it is happening. We assume we’ve done something wrong or we are lacking. The truth is change will happen whether or not we resist it. So, why not embrace it? Find ways to meet change head-on with open arms. Remember, the world may never go back to what it was, but what if you could shape what this new world will look like?
Think of the possibility of reinventing yourself and strengthening the relationships you have with those you care about. It can be a change in routine or a conscious decision to redefine the way you live with three generations under the same roof. It can be as simple as implementing family dinners every evening or spending mornings with your kids now that you no longer commute to work. This is what change looks like.
What changes have happened in your life recently and how are you embracing these changes? Share in the comments below.