Today’s world is a world in which the facts are constantly changing. We live in an ever-changing world that is constantly being monitored by statistics and data. Data is constantly being collected and updated to give us facts and information about virtually everything that happens in the world around us. Statistics such as the population and demographics of places throughout the world, numbers regarding the employment picture and economy, health and disease information statistics, and crime rate numbers, just to name a few, are constantly being tracked and documented. All of these statistics that are continually being amassed establish facts about the world in which we live. Of course, because the numbers and statistics are constantly changing, the facts are constantly changing as well. The world in which we live is a world of constant change. To bring this down to a more personal level, we as individuals experience many changes in the course of a lifetime. We have all been through changes involving our circle of friends and relationships, our places of employment, the places in which we live, our health conditions, and our levels of contentment and satisfaction in life. This is just scratching the surface. Perhaps there are changes you have experienced in your life that involve an area that I failed to mention. There are simply countless ways in which life can present change to us. Sometimes the changes are welcome changes, and sometimes the changes are not quite so welcome. Regardless of what type of changes we experience in life, the bottom line is that it alters our circumstances and changes the facts that pertain to our situation in life. The facts about you and your situation may change many times during the course of your life. Sometimes life will leave you feeling like just as soon as you figure out the game and how to succeed, the game changes.
I am the type of person who likes to live by a routine. I appreciate having a plan that is well thought out with little to no surprises. Unfortunately, life isn’t always cooperative in providing situations that foster a “no surprises” type life. Inevitably, life always has a way of throwing that occasional curve ball that you didn’t see coming. The many changes that have occurred over the course of my life have indeed changed some of the facts about my life. What facts about your life have changed over the years? Are you happy with some of the recently updated statistics and facts about your life, or are you asking God why the changes you are experiencing had to come about? The unfortunate truth is that as long as we live, we will have to deal with the occasional unexpected changes of the facts about our life that every day living throws our way. Facts are subject to change. You cannot be assured that the facts about your life today will be the same facts that will pertain to your life tomorrow. Your situation can change very quickly, and the facts about your life will change along with it. Change can be difficult at times. A friend of mine has often said that nobody likes change but a baby. Fortunately there are a few facts and principles in life that will never change, that are truths that we can rest assure will always stay the same. There are at least five facts of life that I can think of that we can depend on to remain stable. These five facts will provide some level of consistency to our lives, and serve as guidelines for us to make wise choices as we navigate the road of life.
Unchangeable fact #1…Whatever you sow in life you will reap. The old saying what goes around comes around is more than just a commonly used expression. The message that those words express is also found in the Bible. In the sixth chapter of Galatians in the Bible we are told that whatever a man sows he will also reap. (Galatians 6:37) Whatever you send forth into the world will always come back to you. If you sow kindness, you will eventually reap a harvest of kindness. If you sow love, you will reap love. No matter what it is that you sow to others, you will eventually reap the same thing yourself. If you are not pleased with some of the facts of your life, you can change some of the facts by changing what you are sowing. If you plant a pear tree and expect it to bare apples, you are in for a big disappointment. The FACT is that pear trees will only bare pears. If you want something other than pears, you have to plant something else. Sometimes for us to change the facts about our life, we have to plant something different.
Unchangeable fact # 2… Money and possessions will never give you lasting happiness. Do you remember how excited you were the last time you bought a brand new car? It is a thrill to drive a new car home for the first time and experience that new car smell. There is nothing quite like the smell of a new car! Unfortunately, after a few months, the new car smell fades away, and the reoccurring payments erode the joy of owning the car. In life, people always have dreams of winning the lottery, or getting a better paying job, or a nicer car, or a bigger house. The truth is that all of those things will only give satisfaction for a short time, only to leave a person wanting more or something even better. There will always be emptiness within us until we fill that emptiness with a relationship with God. In the Bible in Mark 8:36 it says, “For what shall it profit a man if shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Money and possessions can never replace the peace that only comes from a relationship with God.
Unchangeable fact # 3…Any changes in your life will always begin with changes in your thoughts. In life, your level of happiness and success in life will never exceed the limitations of your thoughts. Take a look at what the author James Allen said in his book entitled As a Man Thinketh. In his Book, James Allen said, “A Man is literally what he thinks, his character being the sum of all his thoughts. As the plant springs from, and could not be without the seed, so every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.” In a nutshell, what James Allen is saying is that everything we are and everything we will ever become starts with the seeds of our thoughts. It would then be reasonable to suggest that if we would like to change some of the circumstances and those facts that pertain to our life, we must first begin by changing our thoughts. I heard it said once that you can never live a positive life with a negative mind. In the Bible in Philippians 4:8 the Apostle Paul said, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” If you want a positive life, you have to fill your mind with positive thoughts.
Unchangeable fact # 4…Time is priceless. The Pastor Rick Warren, who authored the book The Purpose Driven Life, wrote some very profound thoughts about time. In his book he wrote, “Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.” (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?) Don’t take time for granted. You are never guaranteed a tomorrow. Make every day count.
Unchangeable fact #5…There is a God in Heaven that loves you. Not only does God love you, but the Bible tells us that God is love. (1st John 4:8) God is the epitome of love! God loves you and me so much that He sent his only son Jesus to earth to live among men and die a cruel death on a Roman cross to pay the price that was needed to make atonement for our sins. The Bible says in John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. Regardless of what mistakes you have made in your life, and regardless of how out of balance your life may have become, God loves you, and nothing will ever change that. The Bible says that God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalms 103:17). In the eighth chapter of the Book of Romans in the Bible, the Apostle Paul said, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is good news for all of us! In order to live a life of peace and happiness, we need the love, forgiveness, and peace that we can only get from God. .
I truly believe that even in the midst of a world that is full of turmoil, trials, and constant changes, if you will embrace the concepts related to these five unchangeable facts of life, you will be empowered to make positive changes in your life. These five facts will never change. Making the truth of these facts a part of your life will enable you to change the facts about your life that are holding you back from being everything God intended for you to be.
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