The certainty of change is really the only constant in life outside of the promises of God and the integrity of His character... even death and taxes aren't unchangeable, eventually. (Although we might see the Rapture and the resurrection of the dead before we see Congress come to terms on changing taxes.) Everything else, everything visible, according to 2 Corinthians 4:18, is temporary—subject to change. Our ability to "go with the flow" and adapt (or not) affects everything from our mental health to the stability of our relationships.
Many of the Inkies (and many of our readers, I'm sure) have faced, or are facing, major life transitions. In fact, if we all had to take one of those "stress tests" I'm guessing most of us would score quite high based on our life experiences in the last year, and there's no indication things are going to ease up or slow down anytime soon, based on the times in which we live. (I know, bummer.)
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Call it a makeover, an overhaul, "turning over a new leaf," or whatever you will, when you find yourself wallowing in the muck of the past, it's time for a reinvention. (Note: you can wallow in a victory or a past success just as easily as you can wallow in failure. If it's old, over, useless, yet still consuming your thoughts and actions, you might be wallowing.)
|Uncle Rico, from "Napoleon Dynamite."
Reinvention can mean anything from bringing something back into use or existence, to reviving something that has been left for dead, to making something over into something new and fresh.
Different stages and phases of life might be the right time to bring some aspect of life back into use that you left behind for a time, like a hobby, or a dream. Just a thought: I heard Dr. Phil today say this phase of his life didn't even start until his was 50 years old. And Caleb and Joshua were 80 when they finally got to the Promised Land. Age, in God's eyes, has nothing to do with it.
|If the "reveal" scene in Miss Congeniality doesn't make you catch your breath, you are in need of more help than you think.
Ever had a houseplant die for lack of attention? How about a marriage? Or a friendship? Or a manuscript? Or a goal? Forward progress demands frequent infusions of power—LIFE. In church-y terms, we call it "revival," but in reality it's a state we ought to live in all the time, constant infusions of the life of God into every aspect of our lives. (Yeah, I haven't gotten there either... but I'm working on it!)
Are you wallowing in something stinky and gross? Unforgiveness, perhaps? Offense? Fear or doubt? Condemnation? Despair? Let's take the Apostle Paul's words to heart for ourselves: "I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward." (Phil 3:13-14 Amp.)
It doesn't matter what your personal "wallow" is, what matters is that something better lies ahead. Wherever you're at, it isn't the end, it's merely a change of scene, a time for reinvention. And the best news of all? The Holy Spirit who lives in you is the ultimate master of reinvention, easily outdoing Rex Harrison in "My Fair Lady."
SO... describe your desired reinvention... Is it physical? Financial? Relational? Don't hesitate to share those visions, ideas, dreams, and goals. Not only does it reinforce your own reinvention, it's likely to inspire someone else along the way.
About the Author: Niki writes fiction, blog posts, articles in the local newspaper, grocery lists, and Facebook status updates. She can be found at her own blog, In Truer Ink, in addition to posting here. She was a 2009 finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love "Touched by Love" contest.