What’s the Difference

same workI love this. It was posted by a person involved in an organization encouraging life change.

I immediately thought of two people my wife and met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia the other day. One, a driver, was miserable about everything. One, a woman struggling with mood swings, was looking forward to rejoining her family. He had no hope. She was optimistic that she would continue to get better at managing the turmoil of her own soul.

Hum. I read one time that Truth is like a cat. There are hundreds of ways to grab a cat but only a couple are helpful if you want to carry it. What makes the difference between those who take a step and those look at a useful Truth and do nothing?

Change

A M Laos Buddha Park Frog Eating the MoonWhat do you think of change? I remember talking to a fellow who said, “All change is to be deplored, even change for the better.”

When I was 15 change meant freedom like driving a car. At 40 I was looking to buy my business. I knew many who were looking for that “big promotion” they had worked on for years. At 70 change probably means more visits to the doctor.

As I Christian I believe that the world both reflects God’s intention and is fallen. That is true of families, work groups and friendships. I am eager to look for what is right and to celebrate it both in your life and in mine. However, I also expect to see things that need change.

Now that is the rub – recognizing those things about myself that are not what God intends for any of us. Understanding why I do things that hurt others or frustrate myself means acknowledging my own pain, my part in perpetuating that pain and the harm I cause others. Having been through the process of change and healing literally hundreds of times I know in my head it is all good, but in my heart it is upsetting. Why go through it?

Why indeed?