Researchers have identified seven major stressors in life, of which moving is one. For some, if fact, this one is the most stressful, aside from losing a loved one. Change, whether it’s moving to a new location, a new job, or even a new relationship, is challenging. Scores of Christians say no to God because they’d rather stay put than experience the stretching He so frequently calls us to. This is one of the major reasons many Christians don’t finish strong in their life’s journey.
One distinctive I’ve noticed in many military people is the desire to move on. Many look forward to their next assignment, the next place of discovery, new people to experience, and foreign lands to investigate. Many get antsy if they’re in one place too long; they’ve grown accustomed to change and crave it.
One of the Church’s biggest handicaps today is its resistance to change. I have personally met many who have grown accustomed to settling in one place, one home, one church, and with the same circles of friends; consequently, they can’t imagine having to start over again. In fact, some don’t wish to invest the time needed to develop a friendship when they learn you won’t be staying long. The fear of losing someone they may get close to is too great for them; they resist reaching out to avoid eventual sorrow. They fail to realize that, just like moving to a new location, the freshness of a new friendship is stimulating.
Many of us get into a rut, but since we’re with other people in similar situations we don’t readily see it. It often takes force to pull ourselves away. It’s only after we perceive how we’ve changed following the new experiences or location that we can look back and realize how limited our former life really was. We’re wise to proactively look for new friends, opportunities to grow, and ways to expand our horizons. When we embrace new relationships, we’re exposing ourselves to others’ interesting life experiences, which freshen and invigorate us. When we don’t seek new opportunities to grow as a person, we limit our personal growth and compromise our ability to bless others.
If we want God’s blessings we must do what He asks—even if whatever that might be is outside our comfort zone. When the opportunity for change comes, embrace it as Abraham did. God reckoned Abraham’s obedience as righteousness. Do you want to be righteous? Then be sure to obey Him.
If you feel you’re in need of invigoration, ask God for a new start and a renewed sense of curiosity. Like water, we become “foul” and stagnant without periodic infusions of freshness. Christ is the only water that refreshes us and satisfies. Nothing else quenches our thirst as Jesus does.
This excerpt was taken from my soon to be released book: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. Will be sold at Amazon.com.
For more on this topic see my book: THE SECRET POWER OF GODLY WISDOM TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, By Lilliet Garrison. Sold at Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble and Nook.