God never changes, however He creates everything new. If we pattern our lives after God’s how can we be consistent and transform at the same time?
Let me share a bit of a story from my life and then I will answer my own questions, at least that’s my plan.
Changing world of printing
When I first began working in the newspaper business there was still hot type and linotype machines. Newspaper pages were laid out with metal type and lead poured into molds to make photographs and ads. Everything was assembled and put on press.
Shortly after I graduated high school, the era of cold type came into existence where prints of pages could be made. Presses changed and newspapers stepped over into new technology.
Through the years, I learned how to code type for the press using an IBM computer. Later I began using an Apple Mac computer to layout type on a page. No codes were necessary. What you saw is what you got.
With the advent of layout programs I eventually learned to layout an entire newspaper on my computer, send it over the internet to the printer and have the publication printed.
My Dream the Demise
In 1968 I knew God was telling me I would publish a Christian newspaper totally supported by commercial advertising. At the time I didn’t know of any publications like this. All were denominational publications.
My dream was to publish the good news about what God was doing in the world through His people. That vision took shape in 1989 to publish Good News Journal, Family Magazine and Golden Digest.
In 2008 ad revenues dried up and I stopped publication. I felt like I had been put out to pasture. Trained as a journalist, I spent years in publications. Now they were being closed down due to the advent of online websites. Ad dollars follow people and people were flocking to the new thing called the internet. And it would only get bigger and bigger.
I was 55 and my professional skills were nearly useless. I felt sorry for myself until I was challenged at a workshop to state my dream. This was scary. If I wanted to continue to write, I would need to go where I had never gone before. I’d have to venture into the world of cyberspace.
“I’m too old for this,” I complained to God who seemed to be urging me to start a website. What could God want with this tangled and endless web? Who could ever find anything I wrote among the billions of bits of information out there?
With trepidation, I began to learn this new world. As I did I saw the tremendous potential people of faith could have. So I began.
I’ve been through several blogs and changed my writing focus and topics many times. Today I feel I’ve hit my stride. The website I’m running is under my own name so it can grow and change as I do. On it you’ll find poetry, fiction, nonfiction, devotionals, books, my weight loss coaching group and other products. And it all fits neatly under who I am.
God tells us, “I am the Lord. I do not change.”1 He also says He is the same yesterday, today and forever.2
Yet in the same book, He says, “See, I will do a new thing. It will begin happening now. Will you not know about it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”3
There must be a constant in order for change to happen. The constant is our guide, our goal. Jesus is that constant. Any changes we make should move us closer to who He wants us to be.
God made us. He knows us completely. It’s the interior design of us that He is most interested in.
Recently I was entreating God about what should remain constant while He brings about a new thing. He didn’t give me much insight except to tell me this. “You are a writer. Writers write. Writers share what they have written in new and different ways to bring others closer to Me.”
That sums up my new mission statement. There will always be changes in my life and yours. The constant, though, is God and who He made you and me to be.
The operable word in that sentence is “be.” First and foremost we are. Then we do and we can have. Getting these out of order messes up how God designed us.
The Psalmist tells us, “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purpose of His heart through all generations.”4
When God begins to initiate something new in our lives it is always to bring us closer to the constant, which is His plan and purpose.
What is the new thing He wants to do in your life?
1 Malachi 3:6
2 Hebrews 13:6
3 Isaiah 43:19 NLT
4 Psalm 33:11
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