Change is difficult, but change is essential. These past few months have been full of change on a global level, and these unprecedented times have brought many forced shifts towards our new normal. The Bible describes people who are not tied down to eternal truths as being influenced by the wind. The wind says west, I move west without resistance. Wind changes to north? Then I guess I’m going north.
I wanted to reflect with you on the difference between changing consciously, and changing with indifference. I am sure you have a list of the negatives you’ve seen in the world these last few months: sickness, death, racism, anger, violence. If you’ve forgotten, turn on the news or scroll through your social media outlets and we’ll have a long compilation of what is wrong with the world.
The question I want us to focus on today: are my changes in accordance with a goal based in Biblical Truth? Or are my life changes reactive to the world’s chaos?
Being grateful provides a sweetness to life. Like freshly squeezed sweet lemonade. In my world as a family medicine physician, there were plenty of sour lemons to go around. But, with some gratefulness, I am constantly trying to squeeze the juice out of these
situations, to make it palatable by adding some thanksgiving.
While hatred, sickness and death will always be a difficult part of our world we should remind ourselves of the joy and vitality that are also involved. We must stay positive. We must stay kind.
Racism is out there. Show no partiality, and if you struggle with it, repent, confess, renew your mind. The hard part is to not allow anger to creep in. Don’t let the world’s reactions cause passion to burn within you. Respond to sin with compassion, forgiveness, but holding on to the Truth: stay attached. Sin is never acceptable. Discrimination is never acceptable.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.Galatians 3:28-29
You and I must stand up for human rights. We gotta bring hope into our relationships and try to show others that there can be wonderful outcomes when our sweet thankful positivity overcomes the world’s hate.
Turn directions on your own volition. Turn towards Him and beware of “going with the flow”. Lord, I want to be tied to your sanctuary. I want to be bound to your cross. I desire to be filled with Your Spirit, and to live as an example to others.
I believe the Orthodox Christian life brings the balanced sweetness of lemonade to our most difficult days.
I struggled greatly with the pain mankind can cause for mankind. We are harming our brothers and sisters. Don’t be fooled and say ‘there is no God’. I want to remind you, when satan fought St Anthony, he told Anthony that humans blame me (satan) for so much that they bring upon themselves. Our broken nature and our unnatural desires cause rifts – but healing is possible.
We need to be the intentional change. 1thingisneeded.