As we live our lives, from the moment of our birth, we are constantly changing. Each new experience causes us to learn and as we mature, presents us with decisions to make. We must choose how to act or react to each experience. We must choose to learn a lesson from each experience or choose to ignore the lesson presented. We all have read of examples of people who persevered through adversity to become great men and women of our times. We also know of people who spiraled downward and never found the courage to recover.
I am not the same person I was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, or even 20 years ago. I was a nerdy teenager, then a so-so soldier, then a hard working warehouse grunt, and finally a husband and father. All the while I was growing in and out of my faith, trying to find out where I was to be. I am still growing and will continue to grow. Like many persons excited by their faith, I was too zealous and in my excitement, I probably turned many people off. I have mellowed with age.
I have learned through my marriage and relationships that working very hard to renew your love and desire everyday is absolutely necessary. This is not what I did at first. This took time and maturity. I am still learning and always will.
People do change, but a person must be open to change or forced to change through their circumstances. You can’t change anyone, but you can help them change through support and creating circumstances that are conducive to change. All of us change and learn each and every day. Even Jesus in his youth became wise and grew strong. (Luke 2:52). Our journey of change and learning never ends until we pass from this earth, and after that, who knows.
Our world, our knowledge, our beliefs, our likes and dislikes are ever changing. For instance, have you ever re-read an inspirational reading and it says something different to you this time than the last time? This happens to me. My perceptions change. My viewpoint changes. Arguments and decisions change based on new information and new understanding. Our life is in constant flux. I am not who I was. I am who I am now, but changing every day, hopefully for the better. I make mistakes. I try to learn from them, but if not, I am sure God will present me with the lesson again.
Pay attention to the wonderful gifts and blessings around you. Learn and know that you are loved. Take care, stay well and be safe.