Excessive Changes

There are periods of time during one’s life time when nothing happens. Not really, but it seems so. You are at least in a somewhat comfortable routine of life, got a grove, everything in workable but, more importantly, expected order. We may not love these seemingly dull periods of life because we often want more than what we have and as such get restless. But you see, we are not on this earth to maintain a steady flow of nothing. We are here for something. There is a purpose for our lives. Each and every person on the planet was created on purpose to do something. Each was given a unique gift to serve and worship God. We were made for a purpose in God’s kingdom, that supernatural family unit that functions as its own great entity now and into eternity. The whole is greater than its parts. And we have a certain talent or gift to use within that kingdom. So, as followers of Christ in his kingdom, we have a great responsibility to use the gifts given us in fruitful ways. We are blessed in order for us to be able to bless God and others. So, when we get really comfortable, generally we are low on the service vibe and have ceased to be useful to the kingdom of God, our mission in life. So, God allows us excessive changes now and again to wake us up to our place in life. We resist this because we are too distracted and preoccupied with mediocre and worse in the physical realm to realize what is going on in the spiritual realm, the realm that never ends and thus is more important. Excessive changes happen on purpose to humble us and get us in the right frame of mind to realize mundane is not obedience. We must serve and God allows so many changes in our lives for that purpose, sometimes just to get our minds right, often to give us contrast to realize there is more, sometimes to stretch us so we realize we CAN do so much more and prepare us for future work. Change is good. It means God cares and wants fullness and depth and strength of character and place in His kingdom for us. So it is a blessing when we run into changes. We need never fear these changes. Our heavenly Father walks with us through them and teaches us what we need to know when we need to know it. He always knows best and we will be stronger for His glory when the lesson is learned or test passed.

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Stuck in the Wrong Key

I am a musician, a singer songwriter and pianist. Music is an enormous part of my life. My husband and I and four extended band family members play for an oldies rock and roll band in Central Florida called Smooth Sentiment (www.smoothsentiment.us) and my husband and I and our drummer also play in the worship team at our church with other brothers and sisters in the faith. I also taught piano for 10 years and performed paid studio work. All that to say that I understand music. And when I am in the wrong key, it ruins the song. The whole ensemble and everyone else’s hard work would be thrown out the window because of my being stuck in the wrong key. No matter how excellent everyone else was, you would not be able to tell because of my error. What is the point? There are several applications and you can pick whichever one applies and find encouragement in it. 1. When we screw up, it does not just affect ourselves as we are lulled into believing. Those around us certainly are affected also. When my sister was into drugs and very bad men who were into drugs, her horrible decision didn’t just harm her, but her innocent children’s safety and innocence were ripped away from them also. The entire family felt the pain for them, for her. Many of us suffered depression for years and heartache to this day because a couple precious children we can not see again or only once in a very great while. People are still suffering about it. In the same way, when one husband decides to cheat on his wife or engage regularly in fantasies about other women, the entire family is effected. There is no such thing as the decision only effecting themselves. That it doesn’t hurt anyone is a heinous lie straight from the enemy and you cannot buy what someone sells who wants to kill you (Satan). One decision effects many. We must always remember that. 2. When we are stuck in the wrong gifting, we are not able to bless others as effectively. In a family, as in the body of Yeshua, we all have particular abilities and roles to play. When we choose to work outside of that, we negate our responsibility and things do not get done. Others suffer for they have to pick up the slack. We do greatest service to God when we work in our respected talents. We serve Him best and others best when we obey Him. This means we have to study His Word and find out what that means. 3. When you are off kilter and having a lousy day, you can ruin everyone else’s excellent days in a heartbeat by unkind words or actions or even looks. It is easy to feel justified in venting, but that easily leads to spreading badness to others or gossiping or just bringing someone else down. A secret about me…. I feel strongly the negativity of others, especially those I am closest to. When they hurt, I hurt. I don’t show this, I look rough and tough on the outside (and I am) but I am very sensitive inside. When you tell people a bunch of bad stuff, it may not seem like it affects them but it does. It is best to share or vent the negative stuff to God Who can handle it and share with everyone else the good stuff. That is an excellent practice! Everyone wins! 🙂