Sometimes it takes a change to occur before I make a change. The latter change is usually one I should have made long ago.
When I was at high school I wasn’t as open about being a Christian as I should have been. After graduating from High School I moved to another school to do my A-Level examinations. I decided to use the fresh start to be more open about my beliefs.
Back in 2006 I let myself get too busy with work and other tasks. It was affecting my health and my family. Again change came – an opportunity to work in the United States. I used the move to help me re-prioritize and put family first again.
I’m sure there are many more examples in the past, but once again, now in the present, I’m faced with change. We’re moving to a new neighborhood in a couple of weeks.
In my current neighborhood I have not made enough effort to build proper relationships. I have not made enough effort to share Jesus with others. Sure, I stick a Story Church sign in my lawn once in a while and just hope one of my neighbors ask me about it. I’m not particularly happy about that approach – nor has it seemed to be successful so far.
So, I hope to use this change, this move, to be a better neighbor – to socialize and get to know the people around us on our street – to represent Jesus well.
Our God is all about second chances and God knows I’ve had plenty of them.
Have you any examples of where you have taken advantage of change in the past? Do you have change ahead of you right now? How are you going to make the most of it?
Have you just moved to a new area and know it’s time to check out a church? Maybe it’s a while since you attended church but have made a new year resolution to come back? Or have you just changed jobs and know it’s time to be a better example of Jesus in the workplace?
Embrace the God given opportunities.