How satisfied are you with who you are today? Do you believe it’s possible to change? Why is it easier to remain in the gravitational pull of the status quo and stay the same?
It’s never easy stepping into the unknown. Leaving school for a summer internship. Leaving college for the marketplace. Having to deal with prolonged illness, even the death of a family member. Finding out your wife is pregnant with your first (second, even third…) child. Getting older and thinking your place in the organization is not necessarily needed much longer.
I have told graduating college students to “embrace change.” I also added that change is never an easy endeavor. Often it is a challenging journey and process. The comfort of surroundings and environment can often be more difficult to leave than undertaking a new challenge.
Are you eager to take on a new challenge, or are you comfortable with your life the way it is? How do you feel about tackling a new set of classes, or another job interview? I often suggested to students that how they faced smaller opportunities like keeping their dorm or apartment clean, managing their checkbook, calling their parents every week like they promised, or going through with that blind date were indicators of their character and ability to handle responsibility.
The way you handle (or don’t handle) smaller stuff is a great window into the way you might handle other new and bigger things – the stuff of life like filling out an application for a job and showing up for the interview on time. Taking extra initiative on a project not just to get extra credit, but simply applying yourself to a higher standard of excellence.
How about the “unfamiliar paths” God wants to lead you? Like the path toward becoming more and more like Him? That is the path Paul talks about in Romans 8 when he speaks of the will of God for each of us is being conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus. That is the roughest path of all – to become Christ-like. It brings change to the kind of person you are deep inside. The prophet Isaiah spoke in 42:16 of his Old Testament book that God promised to “make the rough places smooth.” But how do you start on that path?
Read 2 Peter 1:3-11.
The apostle Peter gave us a glimpse of the purposes of God when he listed the character qualities to not just aspire to, but to work on and see built into our lives. In 2 Peter 1:5-7, he wrote, “For this reason, add…faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love…eight words that declare our need for growth. These qualities do not come naturally to humans (look at your roommate for evidence, or better yet, yourself).
How satisfied are you with the amount of kindness you show? Do you know God well enough? Have you taken the first step of trusting (i.e., faith) in Jesus alone to save and protect your soul?
Peter said God has given us everything we need for life and godliness for a reason (v 3-4). So take a step. Walk with God along unfamiliar paths. Read “Hinds Feet for High Places” by Hannah Hurnard during Lent to better understand the journey you must take before you can live in the high places. Isaiah said God will take hold of your hand (42:6) and walk with you into the unknown. Serve globally. Know Him and make Him known. The unknown is known by God.
Love is a verb,
©2014 by Mike Olejarz