Week one is in the books and things are changing: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. There has been a shifting of thought processes in many areas of life and I’m learning to let go of some previous held conceptions, while holding fast to others. Progress takes change. One of the things that putting yourself in a whole new environment will most definitely do is cause change. It doesn’t even have to be for very long. Ask anyone who has traveled to another state, or country, or sometimes even just another part of town… and they will tell you that they found the way of life somewhat, if not completely, different than their own. Thought processes are challenged. The things valued most highly in one culture may not even matter in another. Pace of life can be different. Something considered a strength to one group of people, may be considered a weakness in another. Our system becomes challenged and we question why we do things the way we do them.
So why does it matter? If we aren’t careful, we can start to think that our way is the best way, and we can be blind to fatal flaws in our system. Sometimes it takes risking our comfort zones to reveal the need to change. Yet, at the same time, the environment shift will bring strength to convictions and processes that are right. The very definition of progress is “forward or onward movement toward a destination”. We were not put on this earth to remain the same throughout our days. We have a destination placed before us, and we were meant to move toward it.
Physically, in pole vault, I have a destination before me. The change of environment is causing me to look at the processes, change what needs changing, and hold fast to what is true. It’s causing growth. Spiritually we have a destination before us. Can you say that you have forward or onward movement towards it? If not, maybe its time for a change of environment. A trip downtown? A trip overseas? A move? Ephesians says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Take a moment to look carefully at your walk with Jesus. It is wise to do so. Has there been forward and onward movement? Are you making the best use of your time? If not, I challenge you to think about a change of environment. It will challenge you to hold fast to what is true, and change what needs to be changed. What was done yesterday is done. Today is a new day with new opportunities. Let’s make the most of them, because His grace is to good not to!