As a whole change is necessary to move forward in life. Chance involves our position. I know you've heard the old adage "being in the right place at the right time". That's what position is. Sometimes we need to reposition in order to move ahead or to even stand our ground. But in most cases repositioning requires change. For most people change is the direct opposite of comfortable!
Change is necessary to be effective in whatever we do. If we do something a certain way without getting the desired results, perhaps we need to change the way we're doing what we're doing! My pastor always said, "If we do what we've always done, we will always have what we've always had!" That's speaks volumes to me. What we've always had might not be what God wants for us today! He is fresh, like a flowing river. He is always moving and wherever He moves life flows.
The greatest roadblock to change, thus the roadblock to progress, is focusing on the past. Many folks have had wonderful pasts. Others however might want to forget some of their pasts. Looking back on "what we had" makes it impossible for you and me to acquire "what we need" to move ahead. Therefore we become stiff and brittle, not being pliable and resilient which is what we need to change. Focusing on "where I used to be" and how wonderful it was is in direct opposition to "where I am going" and how much more wonderful it could be. Notice I said "focusing" not remembering. There is a big difference.
Back a few years I knew some people through which a church was born. This happened in their own home. Over the years as the church grew these folks (as sweet as they were) always referred back to the days when the church was in their home. It's as if God could never top anything as good as that. The is where their focus was. It was hard for them to move beyond the days that took place back then. Everything from back then and forward was measured against those particular days and experiences.
I see this so much in people today. To them it seems as if it will never be as good as it was "back then". Their focus on the past has them blinded to the present and future. Listen to what Paul says in Philippians 3: 13a - 14, "...forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Please remember this..the goal is always ahead of you. It is never behind! God has so much in store for you, your family, and your church. But we must be willing to change in order move ahead to pursue it. Change may not be comfortable but it is vital! Stay the same and regress, or change and move forward! Remember forward progress is where your destiny lies, and change is necessary to move forward.
|How People Change
By Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp / New Growth Press
A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel. When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts---our core desires and motivations---and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It's amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.