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Fall: A Season for Changes

posted Sep 29, 2014, 9:40 AM by Pastor Chuck   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 9:50 AM ]
Here we are on the 29th day of September and things are beginning to change.  The falling temperatures this week reflect the changing of the seasons.  The sun is going down around 7:15 each evening.  In four weeks, the time will change back to Eastern Standard Time and it will begin getting dark around 5:45.  By then the peak of the changing colors will have passed along with the falling of the leaves.  The tree branches will be bare, gray, and lifeless. By the week before Christmas it will be getting dark at 5:30.  For many folks, it will be dark when they go to work and dark when they come home.  And all of this is just a prelude to a dark, dreary, and cold winter.

These changes are both quick and gradual.  It will take a full four weeks for some of these changes to come to pass.  Others will take almost three months.  Yet, it will seem like some things are changing in a matter of days, while other things seem to drag along slowly.  In reality each of us knows that time moves along at the same steady pace all the time.  We really know that changes do not speed up or slow down.  Change moves along at the same pace for everyone.  So what makes change seem to move faster at times and slower at other times?  

Perspective.  How we look at things makes a big difference in how we perceive them.  For example, when the dentist is drilling one of your teeth, it may seem to him just a short few moments.  To you (the one being drilled) it may drag on for eternity.  It is all how you look at it.

Or how about that traffic light that seems to catch you every time you are late for work or school?  If you are early and relaxed the traffic light will only hold for 45 seconds...less than a minute.  That is not very long when you think about it.  But if you are running late and tensions are running high, that same 45 seconds will seem like 45 minutes.  You will be uptight and fussing all the way to my work.  It is all about perspective.  

Many times, life is just like that.  With all of the changes going on around us, it is important for us to make sure we have the proper perspective.  As believers in Jesus, we need to see things through the eyes of Christ.  When we do, it puts things into proper perspective.  All too often we choose to see things through our own eyes from our own sinful and self-centered perspective. Things will always look very different from there.  That perspective is always twisted and out of focus because it focuses on "me" rather than Jesus Christ.  When our focus is on "me" we find ourselves at the mercy of changes we cannot control.  The believer in Jesus does not have to live like that.  Jesus offers to set you free from that kind of frustration.

Our study in Philippians challenged us to have the mind of Christ; to think like He thinks.  See as He sees.  Speak as He speaks.  Let our priorities be set by Jesus.  As we do, He begins to change our perspective.  In some things, it will change quickly.  In others, more gradually.  But we can trust Jesus to help us live and grow through changes.  When we see change through the eyes of Christ, we can see His Holy Spirit at work changing us more and more into the living image of Jesus.

Are you frustrated and frightened by changes in your life?  Why not trust Jesus to help you see things more clearly from His perspective.  Casting Crowns sings a song with a wonderful line. Let me end with their words about perspective:  
        "So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away.  You're not alone, stop 
        holding on and just be held.  Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place.  
        I'm on the throne stop holding on and just be held."  

In the midst of uncontrolled changes trust Jesus and see things as He sees them.  His way of looking at things will help you see how by His grace, things really are falling into place.  In changing times you can trust Jesus.
I love you and look forward to seeing you Sunday.  


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