To say that we are living in an age of rapid, unpredictable change would be somewhat of an understatement. Granted, change has always been a part of the human equation. From the earliest record of man’s existence, he has been improving on previous models and pioneering new discoveries. But the rate at which things change today far exceeds that of previous generations.
In the whirlwinds of 2017, if you’ve ever said to yourself, “I guess I’m just old school,” you may be struggling to process the fast pace at which things are changing. I’ve passed the halfway point in life, and if I am to be honest, there have been moments when I have longed for the good old days; when things were not changing by the day, or by the hour! But longing for the past is not what God wants us to do.
I recently read a statement, which forced me to do a little soul searching about this issue of dealing with change. “In a time of drastic change, it is the learner who inherits the future.” Let’s stipulate that change is inevitable, and that things in our world are changing faster than ever before. So, how do we keep up? How do we remain relevant and engaged when “the world we grew up in” grows less familiar every day? According to this statement, we must continue learning.
I am reluctant to put forth man’s ideas and philosophies unless I can back them up with God’s Word. So check out Proverbs 18:15, which states, “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” (KJV).
Let’s read it in a few other versions to be sure we get the point.
You cannot stop the world from turning. You cannot slow the rapid pace of change. But you can control how you deal with progress and how you respond to change. You can sit down on your posterior and lock your arms, much like a stubborn mule when he’s tired of pulling in the cornrow. If you do, the world will simply bypass you. After all, what farmer chooses to lose his crop because of a stubborn mule that refuses to pull? No, he would simply get another mule that is willing to do the job.
The other option is to remain flexible, open-minded, and non-judgmental. In other words, relax, go with the flow, and resist becoming legalistic. This does not mean you forfeit Biblical values, Godly morals, or Spirit-guided convictions. This does not mean you go weak in the knees on non-negotiable aspects of life and faith. But it does mean that you must evolve, grow, and learn. Get knowledge. Seek it out. Be a lifetime learner. Listen for fresh insight. If you can manage this, you’ll survive this current era of change, and you’ll thrive well into the decades yet to come.
Pastor Bryan Grisham is married to Leeann, a proud dad of Riley & Claire, and doesn't mind frequent mission trips. He dwells within Caddo Parish, LA.
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