The year is 2019. Our lives are full of new resolutions, motivation to run off all of the holiday sweets we consumed, and a desire to better improve our lives. We are posting pictures of the memories of yesteryear so we can have a moment to mourn over how our lives are passing by way too quickly. The only problem with entering the new year with these new dreams for our lives is that it takes a sacrifice of change to accomplish these goals. We want to be in better shape, so we sacrifice our diets to feel more fit. We want to have a bigger check every two weeks, so we sacrifice our free time to have those extra hours. We want to get rid of an unhealthy habit, so we sacrifice a sense of satisfaction in our lives to make ourselves healthier. These sacrifices, these changes, are harder to make than what we anticipated. That’s why many of us give up on our resolutions before the month of January is even over. We don’t like change.
This is nothing new to us, however. It doesn’t just happen during the new year, but on a daily basis. We witness changes in our lives and it wrecks us, especially when we are not in control of that change. 2018 was a year that really inspired me to embrace the change. However, it was not a very warm embrace. It was more so a vice grip that never gave me a choice but to embrace it. That is how it normally feels whenever change enters our lives. It feels like we never really have a choice. In a way, we do. We have one choice in moments of change: acceptance. When we go through life and we face major changes, we have a choice to either accept these changes or fight against them. Fighting against fate never goes in our favor.
And it’s okay not to fight back against change. Why? Because when we fight change, we fight against its controller. God is in complete control of our surroundings and circumstances, including the changes. Whether it’s a new job, friends moving away, or any other major moment of change, God is in control and has everything working out for our good (Romans 8:28). So whenever change comes our way, then why do we sometimes think that it won’t work out for our good? We think that change comes our way to wreck us, but it is allowing the opportunity for God to show where our faith actually stands. When we lose our job, it destroys us because we put so much of ourselves into it. When friends or family leave, we feel like part of ourselves goes away with them. And that is because there is an idolization in this, which is what God is trying to reveal to us. Change makes such an impact in our lives because it takes away who we are in the moment. That is what God wants us to see, that we’d rather live in a temporary moment on this earth than live in an eternal one with God. And when change takes away that temporary thing in our life, it destroys us. Why do we put our identity in things that change constantly rather than a God than remains constant?
The Book of Ecclesiastes is centered on this idea. That while the world changes, while there is time for every season of life, remain faithful in God. Everything, including change, has a God-given task and everything He does endures forever, and nothing can change that (Ecclesiastes 3:14). In the end, what can we do? Simple: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The only thing that is constant is God and his commands, therefore let us lean on Him during the changes. So, with this new year, take on those resolutions, sign up for that gym membership, move to that city with that new job, and embrace the change. For you should have faith in God that during all of the changes, it will work out for your good.