Change is about to hit again! School will start and summer will officially end. Work schedules will change for many, and family life will adjust to another cycle of academia and extra curricular pursuit! This brings excitement for many, but for others, it may usher in a little apprehension.
Sometimes, the change we want isn’t the change we get, and the change we need, we feel powerless to effect. Here’s some real practical and encouraging advice on how to make the best out of the power you do have – to be the change you want to see! Remember, if you need help to get there, we at CHD are here to help!
In a small town near where I live, there is single blinking red traffic light. There are many intersections in the town, but this light marks the only true crossroads in the community. Depending on what you do at this stop light, you can experience some very different outcomes.
I have noticed that God allows crossroads along my journey. As I consider those already in my rearview mirror, I note that at all true crossroads in my life, He has always provided the opportunity to stop.
God is not vindictive and spiteful. He does not bring us to crossroads to get back at us for not driving right. I believe the Bible shows that He allows crossroads to give us opportunity to pause and reflect; to consider and even to ask for direction. Sometimes we need the crossroads to remind us that the journey is not some mindless wandering. We need to be reminded that there is a purpose and that we need to consider the outcomes are not ultimately about what we want. The way may be straight and narrow, but there is still a map to consult. There is still a Map Maker who just happens to also be the Road Builder – and He loves to talk about both.
Are you at a crossroads? Is there a blinking red light? You are free to move, but maybe you are there so that you can take a little time to get refocused, re-grounded, or possible get out of the drivers seat.
Listen. Don’t be afraid to wait. Where do you go from here Image Bearer?More
I recently read a verse in the bible and reflected on both the simplicity of it and the enormity of it. The verse is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31, and reads, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The challenge is to do ALL to the glory of God. The word “ALL” encompasses everything – short three letter word with big implications. I smiled when I read the simple example the text gives – eating and drinking. Now we all (there’s that word again!) can identify with that. We all need to eat and drink to survive. In this country most of us eat and drink on a daily basis, and often without any thought…we’re hungry we eat…we’re thirsty and we grab a glass of water, easy right? Certainly for many of us this is easy, but unfortunately for others, this isn’t so easy. Yet the text challenges us to eat or drink to the glory of God. I wonder how many of us take that to heart. How often do I ask myself if what I’m consuming is to the glory of God, how often do you? Finally, there’s that phrase I skipped until now, “…or whatever you do…” I guess that covers ALL things; your thoughts, your feelings, your words, your actions, everything.
Life is a gift God has given us, one that is to be lived in every aspect, both the simple and the complex, to the glory of God! Maybe when you wake up in the morning you can reflect on this verse and challenge yourself in how you think, feel, and act – to do it to the glory of God. Maybe the next time a driver cuts you off you can “whatever” him, and send up a prayer on his behalf.
I hope this gives you a deeper perspective on life; everything we do has significance – big things, little things, “whatever” things we do, do all to the glory of God. Now that’s not just a New Year’s resolution, it’s a life resolution!!
Erin Morgan is a licensed professional counselor at the Center with over 20 years of counseling experience. Erin says this about her work as a therapist, “I enjoy working with individuals in a wide variety of areas including depression, anxiety, parenting, and communication skills. Of particular interest to me is supporting individuals who struggle with a hurtful or abusive past and helping them with the pain that can negatively impact the present”. She sees clients in our Wausau location. To learn more about Erin, or to set up an appointment click here.