Life is Change!

We live in a day and age where change occurs very rapidly. Technological innovations are occurring each and every day to the point where my IPhone 6S will be considered old and obsolete in a couple of years. We see the air of change in the political climate in the United States and around the world. There are also social changes occurring all around us, as well as a change in the way that people treat others. We only need to look around us and notice that change is taking place all over—some of it is good and some of it is bad. 

When we look at the changes that I mentioned above, most of these really don’t have a dramatic impact on our lives, making the effects of the changes on our lives a little less dramatic. But there’s one thing about change—it does affect us at a very deep, personal level sooner or later. As I’m writing this article, my life is in a tremendous period of change, and I can honestly say that I really don’t like some of it. I’m writing this article just after receiving news that my grandpa has just passed away. This is a huge change for me, living the first moments of my life without my grandpa being here. I don’t like this change. As a pastor, I’m also grieving over the change of my partner in ministry being called to a new venture in Alabama. While I know that this is God’s will and a great opportunity to be stretched for them, I don’t like the fact that someone I’ve joked with, fought the battles of ministry with, and saw great things happen here at CDAC with won’t be in that relationship with me anymore. These changes are tremendously difficult for me. 

Changes always bring a time of uncertainty. The status quo is now different, and this impacts all facets of life. For me, I now face the uncertainty of what will it be like not to celebrate holidays and milestones of life without my grandpa? I don’t know how it will be! What will God call us as a church to do with a new ministry partner? I don’t know! And if you know me at all, this is a really big deal for me. I hate uncertainty, and life is full of it. 

But as I spent time praying this morning, I was reminded of a very important point from Scripture. When we face times of uncertainty, we can trust in the certainty of God. Even though these changes impact us, they don’t have an effect on God. He is far above these issues, changes, and feelings. Friends, God is the fortress that we can run to and rest in. 

As we face change in our lives, remember that God is our fortress of rest, stability, and reassurance. You will get through change. God’s plans and purposes will continue to accomplish His will no matter what. Even in this time of uncertainty, there is no one more sure than God Himself. 

 

Three Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

1.Go easy on the junk food. 

2 Peter 1:5-7 tells us that we should be self-controlled in all that we do. That means when we're at our next holiday party it's okay to stop by the veggie platter first. It's okay to indulge every once in a while but if you're like me all that buffalo wing dip can sure add up fast and we're not doing ourselves any favors by heaping as much onto our plates as possible. Try to find a balance. A good idea that may help is to make sure you drink enough water and if you can, have something to eat before going to your next party.

2. Remember to exercise. 

When the weather gets cold out we typically like to stay inside and that limits us to the amount of physical activity we can do during the winter. It takes getting creative to make sure we get moving and burning some of those extra calories. 

If you don't feel like getting bundled up to go for a run try joining a gym where they have exercise equipment available in a heated facility. If that doesn't work in your budget find a volleyball league in the area, the church meets on Monday nights at 7pm for a few hours to play volleyball. 

If those don't work remember it's the little things that count. Try taking extra steps throughout your day by using the stairs instead of the elevator, do some cleaning around the house instead of watching TV or start a project that involves getting a bit more active. 1 Cor. 6:19 tells us that our bodies are a temple of the holy spirit we need to make sure we maintain our temple so that we can be of use for God to carry out His will in our lives. 

3.Carve out time for rest. 

Lastly, this season is often time the most stressful busy season of our lives. We rush around from store to store, from party to party, from place to place like a chicken with our heads cut off. Make sure that you are practicing the Sabbath even in this holiday season. Exodus 20:8 reminds us that our bodies need rest. 

Consider taking a day off a week to make sure your body has time to recuperate after your busy week. I'd like to remind you all not to confuse rest with entertainment. You might enjoy a Netflix binge here and there, but true rest is not sitting in front of the television for hours. Hopefully this will save us from being overwhelmed and put us in a place where we can truly experience the peace and joy of the season.