Change Lanes When Necessary

 Stephen Shives

ChAnGe: It’s happening all around us on a constant basis. Nothing can improve without it, nor can anything decline. Some changes may be good while others can devastate. Let’s face it, as creatures of comfort we don’t always welcome change. Especially when it disrupts our traditions, bank accounts, and TV schedules.

 Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” God’s Word tells us, “Be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our minds… and we will be able to test and approve God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Years ago we changed the name of our ministry to "Finish Line Christian Ministries". I say “We,” but I have no doubt it was a God thing. I wrestled with that decision for over a year, until God gave us a name that uniquely defines our identity. Name changes are very significant in scripture. When God changed a man’s name it was indicative of the work that He was doing through the man. This was true when He gave Abram the name Abraham saying, “For I have made you a father of many nations.” It was true when He gave Jacob the name Israel saying, “You have struggled with God and man and have overcome.” And also when Jesus said to Simon, “I call you Peter, (meaning: rock) for upon this rock I will build my church.” Likewise our name change was significant to our purpose; because God did not call us here only to start the race, He called us to finish it.

Along life’s journey you will encounter many obstacles. Don't give up! Often times the only answer is to embrace the opportunities afforded through making a change. The Bible tells us, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new.” The only thing you can’t change is your past. So when your past tries to discourage you, turn your head around, fix your eyes on God, Who loves you, and ask Him to help you make a fresh start. 

Change requires courage. But that same courage lets you know you can make it to the finish line. Run with a determination that overcomes every obstacle. Your perseverance in life can make a difference not only for yourself, but also for your family, your community, and the world. And perhaps the generations to follow will hear your voice ringing in their ears, with the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7,

 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”