Change can be scary, really, really scary! I’ve seen more change than I ever anticipated over the last few years. What did learn from it? I learned that I’m strong after my weakness. I’m resilient through pain. I’m nothing without God. I am NOT in control. And, Change is a natural part of life. If you find yourself thinking “I’ve got a good job, a house, everything I need. I can’t really grow anymore from here.” “I’ve Got This!” Warning… You can ALWAYS grow! God will humble you fast, real fast. And, humbling comes in a many different ways. No one is immune. You know what though? You need it. We all need it. Why? Because humbling makes change happen, and change promotes growth. Last time I checked, investing in personal growth through God never hurt anybody.
My most recent change was starting My Own Samaria. Listen, I didn’t want to do it. Well, I take that back. I did WANT to do it, but I was scared. It was a huge change, and honestly… I didn’t know what I was doing when it came down to it. I still don’t really. It’s a learning experience for sure. I was scared that no one would like what I had to say, of being judged, dejected. I was scared that I wouldn’t have enough or the right words to say. I used to be a mess. How could anyone actually take me seriously? I was more scared than anything the first time I clicked “Share on Facebook”. The realization that people I actually know and care about would see what I write… Ugh. I wanted to puke. These are people that have seen me at my worst. They know where I’ve been. Let me tell you, being transparent and vulnerable to those we know is hard sometimes.
I learned that when God gives you the green light… That doesn’t mean wait or be cautious. It means to go in the direction he tells you to, and don’t take two years to do it. If it is from Him, He will be right there with you through it. It doesn’t mean that you won’t fail, (in your eyes at least). Sometimes we “fail” according to our own standards, but to God, it’s just how he planned it from the beginning. Maybe you made someone’s day better. Maybe your job was to reach only one person through His plan. But one person? Was all that effort really worth it? Why did you have me do so much work, God, for only ONE Person? We can’t understand God’s mindset or plans. It’s not something that we can wrap our earthly minds around. So, here’s this story for you. See if this can create a shift in your thoughts today.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Luke 15:1-7 New International Version (NIV)
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Sometimes change in our life actually changes us, and other times change in our life isn’t meant for us at all. It’s meant for others. God uses people to reach people. Either way, change changes people. If you’re meant to help one person in your life, it’s not only going to change their life but yours as well. So, how can we get in the mindset of looking for that one lost sheep? Change the way you do life. Scenario: You’re struggling. Someone reaches out and helps you. Their life isn’t changed, but yours is. They may never know or understand the impact they had on your life, but you will remember it. The lost sheep always remembers being found, but the shepherd may easily forget finding one lost sheep out of a hundred. After all, that’s his job.
While change is often times inconvenient, the impact can be so much bigger than you may ever know. Try and adopt the One Lost Sheep Philosophy, and let it flow over into your daily life. It’s hard work. Each of those lost sheep have seen things the others haven’t. They know the importance of being found. We have all been that one lost sheep at some point in our lives. Think about who found you. Then change your life so you can find others.
Peace, Love, and Jesus,