I am looking forward to January 1, 2015.
My 80-year old dad is my number one prayer partner and he always calls me on the first of every month. This next month, for the first time, he is going to call me on he and mom’s mobile phone.
Dad has an aversion to change…especially technological change, and thus, has not even touched their mobile phone since they got one about a year ago.
However mom, who is definitely a Proverbs 31 wife, figured out that it made no sense to keep paying the long-distance part of her regular phone bill when she could call anywhere in the U.S.A. with no additional charge on her mobile phone. Result? She canceled the long-distance part of their house phone plan and saved themselves some money.
The downside for dad, however, is now he is going to have to pick up the dreaded “mobile phone” and call me on the first of every month. Thankfully his love for me transcends his reluctance for new-fangled technology and thus he has committed himself on January 1, 2015 to begin using their mobile phone.
I thought about that today as I was reading from a book called, Building the Bridge as You Walk On It (Author: Robert E. Quinn).
- I was captured by these words: In the end, we prefer the illusion of control to the cost of being effective.
Change is not only hard for my dad; it’s hard for most of us. And the issue goes far beyond a monthly phone call on a mobile phone. If we are not careful, we can narrow our lives down to the comfortable and familiar to the point that we allow life to pass us by.
Remember, God could have caused you to be born 1000 years ago when the pace of change dragged along slower than a snail’s pace. Instead, he brought you forth for such a time as this. Be willing to live now—embrace change and growth. Jump into the mainstream—God needs you there. Remember, all new breakthroughs in science, the arts, medicine, etc. are a doubled-edged sword. The same knowledge that can be used to destroy the world can also be used to save the world.
While most of us will never live out our lives on the national or international stage, this principle is lived out in a thousand ways on all the lesser stages of life—even the one you have a role in.
The ONE THING for today: What have you been putting off learning and doing because you don’t want to deal with the discomfort of change? Commit today that you will pay the price in 2015 to change that. The result will be you and the world will be a better place; that’s why God has you here.
Matthew 13:52 (NKJV)
“Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”