Do You Want God to Keep the Change?
God has led me on many adventures in the last twenty-five years. I have lived in England and Germany and Colorado and Texas and Georgia and Idaho. (And now, I will be moving to Illinois).
I have visited Africa, backpacked around Europe twice, and have made several trips across the United States. I have embraced the change that came with each of these adventures—except when I moved to Atlanta in 2012.
After my arrival in the Peach State to work for Blueprint for Life, I hate to admit that I had a couple melt downs. I cried and begged God to let me go home to my family in Idaho. I was grieving several losses in my professional and personal life, and I felt going back home would bring the comfort of the familiar that I longed for. Now, I am grateful God didn’t grant my request. I can’t believe what I would have missed if I hadn’t said yes to God and yes to change.
I would have missed Blueprint for Life’s wonderful CEO, Mike Kendrick. I would have missed Hal White, my manager. I would have missed many amazing girlfriends, becoming acquainted with the team at iDisciple, writing blogs, encouraging you, and hearing your stories. I would have missed the Smoky Mountains; Dalonega, Georgia; Southern hospitality–and I would have missed fried green tomatoes!
If hadn’t said yes to change. . . oh! What I would have missed!
Can you imagine what Paul would have missed if he hadn’t said yes to change? What about the disciples who left their nets to follow Jesus? What about Nehemiah, Esther, Peter, Abraham, and Moses? If they had refused change when God called, they would have never known what they missed or what might have been.
Tragic thought, isn’t it?
Have you ever said no when God called because you didn’t want change? Consider this: perhaps change is exactly what you need, to gain the courage you need, to trust God in a greater way so you can go further with Him than you have ever gone before. Perhaps change is what you need to experience more productivity in your calling, more faith, more hope, new friends, and renewed joy. Perhaps the change He is calling you to will usher in new blessings you can’t imagine.
What could you miss if you say no to God and no to change?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
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