“Progress is impossible without change. And those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20
Stagnate: “cease developing; become inactive or dull” – New Oxford American Dictionary
How often do we stagnate each other? How much have you changed in the past few years, months, or even hours? As individuals we constantly change. Our opinions, our beliefs, and even our loves. Strangely, too often we don’t allow for others to change as well. We assume what they said two years ago still holds true in their minds. Is that fair? Of course not. We grow and learn, we evaluate and determine. We are constantly adjusting to our circumstances and environments. That includes everyone, not just you or me. The Bible says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 We are all on a journey. We all have goals and aspirations and plans on how to achieve them. At least we should. But we also have a God watching over us, in control. Obstacles are placed in our way. Shortcuts are made available. Through it all, the end is God. We are not autonomous, we are not all powerful, or sovereign. We are travelers of a lifetime. That lifetime, our lifetimes, are continually changing. And yet there is a constant and He is God. Just like every journey has a true north, every life has a true God. And just like every earthly journey adjusts in accordance with the poles, every journey of life finds its bearing on the Creator. And so we adjust and change. We follow paths laid out in our way. We are not the same yesterday, tomorrow, or today. We are children of God following a path together. My paster likes to end his emails with the phrase, “Traveling the path with you.” It’s an admission that none of us are perfect. We’re all, at best, are trying to improve with the help of our Maker. And so, let’s be gracious to one another. Not in the way we’ve learned to be gracious hosts for a dinner. But gracious in its truest form, gracious in forgiveness and love. It’s not complex. In fact we all know how to do it already. We’ve probably been taught the essence of it since we could first learn and remember. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Luke 6:31
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,