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Thriving on Change

There is a funny CALVIN AND HOBBES comic stip. Calvin and his friend Hobbes are flying down a hill in their wagon. Calvin says, “I thrive on change.” “You?!” his friend rebuts, “You threw a fit this morning because your mom put less jelly on your toast than yesterday!” Calvin clarifies, “I thrive on making OTHER people change.”

The truth is, most of us don’t like change. We get used to our regular habits, routines, and rituals. Some of these are helpful and important. But we can get stuck in ruts. We can become stubborn to our own hurt. Sometimes we actually dig our heels in and resist changes that may truly be helpful.

In the book of Revelation, all of the letters to the seven churches end in this way, “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

Listening is a primary spiritual formation practice. I pray today that you would listen for God’s guidance. And, may you be open to any changes God might want to work in your life.

Let us pray: God of Hope, we thank you for loving us exactly as we are - right now. And, we also thank you that you love us too much to let us stay this way. You have promised to make all things new - even us. Form us more and more into your image, that we might take hold of the life that is truly life. Amen.

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