Change Me, Lord

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I drove by my childhood home a few days ago. We moved in just before my 1st birthday and lived there until I was 16. The picture on the left is what it looked like when we lived in it. The picture on the right is what it looks like now. Everything is totally different. And I couldn’t help thinking, “This is such a picture of my life.”

So much is gone. So much has changed. Everything is different. And yet it’s so much better than ever before.

The basketball goal where my brother and I played almost everyday growing up is gone. The house itself looks completely different; new paint color, new shutters. The inside has been totally remodeled. The back yard has a new fence. The old, rusted mailbox has even been replaced. EVERYTHING has changed… but all for the good.

Change can be difficult sometimes. It can be hard to believe that what we’ve always known could possibly be updated and made better. It’s hard to believe that what we planned to last for years and years can suddenly be uprooted in the blink of an eye, and that we would eventually be glad it was.

I never expected to leave my childhood home at 16 and move in with my brother and sister-in-law because we lost our parents. I never expected to lose my parents. I never expected to move to a place where we didn’t know anyone. I never expected to have my life – my home, my beliefs, my friends and family -flipped upside down. But it has all worked for good.

Things that ripped my heart out at the time, now give me reason to praise God and have proven to me that He is faithful and good. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not glad that my parents are gone, but I am glad that God used that experience to draw me closer to Him. He worked it for good, He gave me beauty for ashes.

Right now, everything in my life is totally different than even the different I’ve grown accustomed to over the last 5 years. But if there is anything that I’ve learned in the last 5 years, it’s that change is not a bad thing.

No change = no growth. And I refuse to remain stagnant just because it might be uncomfortable. I’ve learned that with each season, things change… and change can be a beautiful thing. β™‘

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