Henry David Thoreau observed "Things do not change; we change." Change takes place whether we want it to or not. Sometimes change just happens. We grow older, trees grow larger, computers become outdated, paint fades. We see change all around us that just happens.
But I would venture to suggest that Thoreau meant more than the natural changes of our life. I think he meant as well that we can bring about change in our lives and in our world. We can exercise and improve our health. We can change our hairstyle. We can learn more than one language. We can plant trees to enhance our world, pick up trash to beautify our neighborhood, and we can take items to a recycling center. We can be agents of change. Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world."
But perhaps there is another change that can take place in our lives—a spiritual change. It happens in part on our decision to be followers of Christ. No one can decide that for us and everyday we must decide to be followers. But once we decide God works a miraculous change in us by God’s grace. That kind of change is always good. The apostle Paul wrote this, “So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! 2 Corinthians 5:17” (Common English Bible)
As followers of Christ we have it within us to make a difference. Let’s open our lives to the new things God has planned for us.
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