Sometimes we just have to admit that nothing will stay the same and we need to accept changes. Oh, that’s hard sometimes, right? Friends move, we change jobs, churches evolve and change (many times with great discord), our kids grow up and leave the nest, and on and on.
Our relationships can change and evolve as we mature, develop new interests, go through crisis, etc. Our favorite stores close and new ones open. Our towns and cities built bigger and bigger buildings and entirely new neighborhoods rise. Suddenly, we look back and say, “Does anything stay the same?! I liked the ‘good old days!”
Definition of “normal” – conforming to the standard or common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural
Hmmmm. With that definition in mind, what stays the same in life besides the Lord God Himself? We hopefully grow and change personally on every level. If we didn’t, we would stagnate and the world would pass us by, right?
One of my ministry colleagues and friends, Carol Kent, and her family have certainly found their “new normal” to be one they would never have expected nor desired. Their son, Jason, committed a murder he thought was justified at the time and ended up serving a life sentence in a Florida prison. It has been an excruciating experience and the reality that they will never be able to share time together as a family outside of that prison. You can hear their story on the Chained No More Talk Radio show on Tuesday, September 13 at 2pm ET at www.toginet.com. You can download the podcast of that program later that day at www.toginet.com/shows/chainednomore.
Carol and her family could have just given up, sat in depression or anger, and just let life pass them by, or they could do what they are doing now; spreading the hope and grace of God to thousands every year. Jason could just sit in a cell and isolate in self-pity or do what he is doing by ministering to other inmates and bringing ministries into prison. They have had to embrace their “new normal” and do what they can to serve the Lord in it. What magnificent examples they are!
“This is the day that the Lord has made. let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
What is your “new normal?” Are you still lamenting because things just aren’t the same, or can you begin to look at how you can be positive, accept what you cannot change and enjoy life again? Now, I hope you have a great day and see the best in it!
Please take a look at the new devotional book, entitled, “Visions of Him…Seeing God in Everyday Things.” It will help you see God in your “new normal.” www.amazon.com or www.robynbministries.com/store
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