Most often Christians feel the need to change only when they encounter trials in life. This is good as trials are opportune time to embrace change. Let us welcome trials as we embrace change. If ever a Christian feels the trial is forced upon them by unforeseen events or circumstances, they just need to open the Holy Bible and read Joshua 1:9: Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Christians should think of trials as perfect moment to realign their life with the teachings of the Holy Bible. Spiritual pruning is more like it: Prune old habits, old self, old thinking to grow as a (re)new(ed) person. Every day is an invitation to embrace change, but how should you, a Christian, embrace change? Here are three key points to consider:
- (Re)Examine your life’s path.
At some certain point in time, you will question your life choices, passions, goals, achievements, or the consequences of your past and present actions. You will ask yourself:
- How do I see myself?
- How/what am I doing?
- What do I really want to do with my life?
- Does my life align with my values?
As you ponder over these questions, you might want to tweak certain aspects of your life. If so, then do but with care. Take your time. Questions that bug you could take time to answer as the answers you seek may not present itself now or anytime soon. Be patient then and reflect over the direction of your life.
- Work on your relationships.
How are things between you and your parents? Do you keep in touch with friends? Most importantly, how’s your relationship with God?
Whatever success you enjoy right now, make it a point to share it with loved ones and give thanks to the Lord. Whatever problems you experience right now, don’t keep it to yourself. Open up to other people and to the Lord. That way you can receive consolation and erase your grief and move forward in life.
Strive to create a meaningful relationship with everyone as you do not live for yourself.
- Never compare yourself with other people.
If you do so, you grow the seed of envy and jealousy in your heart and you shall reap evil and harm upon yourself. The Holy Bible warns in James 3:16: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Let go of envy and jealousy and judge yourself not according to the standards of other people or of this world but of the Scripture. You fight a different battle, one that is yours. As you embrace change, find comfort in Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Every trial is a season for change. It presents us a chance to redeem ourselves and prove ourselves worthy before the Lord. Rather than allow trials to bring the worst in us, we Christians should strive for the very best.