It has been almost a year and a half since my last post, but I think I'm ready to get back at it. Why? Because of change.
In my short time here on earth, I've come to learn that the only constant in life is change. Things will always change - from fashion trends to pop culture, from the economy to education, from societal standards to ecumenical expectations. Change will occur. Pac said it best when he said** “That’s just the way it is, things’ll never be the same” (Changes, 1996). And if you’re fool enough to believe things’ll never change, just keep on living, because “a change gone come” (Sam Cook, 1964).
While change is inevitable, it does not guarantee growth. If you plant a seed, a change will occur. If you water the seed and tend to it, growth will recur. But it is important for us to understand that all growth is not good growth. All growth is not healthy growth. Many of us have seen growth in various areas of life. We’ve seen growth in our weight. We’ve seen growth in our blood sugar levels. We’ve seen growth in our blood pressure. Some of us have seen growth in our egos, growth in our troubles, growth in our debt. And sometimes we mistake swelling for growth - an abnormal enlargement of something beyond normal size, usually causing a distortion in the structure of the effected area. Some growth can be cancerous and can grow uncontrollably, spreading and creating change in other parts of an otherwise healthy organism. Yes, change is inevitable, but growth, healthy growth, is intentional.
The only way to have a steadfast assurance of healthy growth is to lean on that which will never change, that which is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The only way to be certain that your change will lead to a healthy growth is to lean on Jesus Christ.
Inevitable change will occur, but is your intentional growth recurring?
**Music education: Pac’s 1996 hit “Changes” was sampled from the 1986 hit “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and E-40 sampled the song before Pac did.