My word for the year is CHANGE. I don’t know if I chose it or it chose me. Either way, I believe the coming months are going to hold many changes. The scripture I feel compelled to focus on is Colossians 3: 1-17. Not only do I want to “set my mind on things above, not on earthly things,” but I want “to put on a new self.” Living this each day proves to be challenging as the demands of daily life continue to pull at my mind. But I am reminded in verse 12 that I am one of God’s chosen people who is dearly loved. Therefore, as this world calls me to bend to what it tries to sell me as truth, I will “clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” I certainly require a change in my heart to reach that calling!

The area of transformation I also want to focus on is trusting God in the midst of change. Are you like me? Do you fear changes or circumstances when you do not understand or cannot see what is coming in the future? Sometimes I find myself trying to manipulate the circumstances to go my way. Other times I do my best to avoid the change. God and I even have conversations in which I try to convince him that I have some really good ideas that could work better. Yes, this area of transformation is definitely one I need to work towards.

I have so much evidence in my life that His way is always better than I could ever imagine. As I grow in my faith, I strive to trust God despite the changes in my personal and professional life. I will have confidence that He is good and that He has my best interest at heart. He takes the chaos of this world and weaves it into a beautiful story –  a story that brings Him glory.

I encourage you this month to embrace the changes that crop up  in your life.  God is not surprised nor is the circumstance out of his control. He is orchestrating your life in order to fulfill his perfect plan that he has just for you.  Even when you don’t understand, God is working for your good. And when you face a change,  “let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.”

Written by Judy Musick