We Live in a World of Change
In today’s world the facts are constantly changing. We live in an ever-changing world. The world is monitored by statistics and data. Collected data provides facts regarding changes in the world. Statistics such as the population and demographics of places, employment and economic numbers, and health and disease statistics are being tracked and documented. These statistics show facts about the world in which we live. The numbers and statistics continue to change. The facts also continue to change. We live in a world of constant change.
The Facts of Our Lives are Subject to Change
As individuals, we all experience many changes in the course of a lifetime. We have all been through changes involving our relationships, our jobs, the places we live, our health, and our levels of happiness. This is just scratching the surface. There are countless ways in which life can present change. Sometimes the changes are welcome, and sometimes they are not. Regardless of what type of changes we experience, change alters our circumstances and changes the facts regarding our situation in life.
The facts about you and your situation may change many times in life. I like living by a routine. I appreciate a well thought out plan with no surprises. Unfortunately, life isn’t always cooperative in keeping us free of surprises. Inevitably, life has a way of throwing that occasional unexpected curve ball. The many life changes I have experienced have changed some of the facts about my life. What facts about your life have changed over the years? Are you happy with the recently updated statistics about your life? Or, are you asking God why the changes you’ve experienced had to come about?
Changes can Occur without Warning
The unfortunate truth is that as long as we live, unexpected changes are inevitable. Facts are subject to change. You cannot be assured that the facts about your life today will remain the same tomorrow. Your situation can change very quickly, and the facts about your life will change along with it. Change can be difficult at times. I’ve heard it said nobody likes change but a baby. Fortunately, there are a few facts in life that will never change.There are truths that will always stay the same. I can think of five that are unchangeable. These five facts provide some level of consistency to our lives. They serve as guidelines 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 an expression. The message those words express is also found in the Bible. In Galatians chapter 6, we are told 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. Regardless of what you sow to others, you will eventually reap the same thing yourself. If you aren’t happy with some of the facts of your life, you can change them! You start by changing what you are sowing. If you plant a pear tree and expect apples, you are in for a big disappointment. The FACT is 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, getting a better paying job, a nicer car, or a bigger house. The truth is all of those things will only give you temporary satisfaction. Eventually you will be left wanting more or something 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 Positive Change in Your Life will Always Begin with Changes in Your Thoughts.
In life, your degree 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.” What James Allen is saying is everything we are and everything we will ever become starts with the seeds of our thoughts.
It would be reasonable to suggest if want to change the circumstances and facts pertaining to our life, we must 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.
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 us so much He sent his only son Jesus to earth to live among men and die a cruel death on a Roman cross. By doing so, Jesus paid the price 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 your mistakes in your life, and regardless of how out of balance your life may have become, God loves you. Nothing will ever change that. The Bible says God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalms 103:17). In Romans chapter 8, 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 only God can give. .
There is Hope
Even in the midst of a world full of turmoil, trials, and constant change, there is hope. If you embrace the concepts related to these five unchangeable facts, 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 free you. You can then become everything God intended for you to be.
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