Saturday, March 5, 2011

Still or Stale?

I was talking to a family friend recently and was encouraged when she said she was going back to school to upgrade her education. Now that is such a bold step and not one that enough women take...and there is no reason not to.

Too many people, especially women, feel that they are fine as they are. I'm sure you may have heard...
...the biggest room in the world is the "Room for Improvement."
Well, if you hadn't heard it before, now you have so no more excuses.

No matter how good, accomplished or even famous you are, you can be better. There is always room at the top - how do I know? Simple - God, not the sky, is our limit.

One way of becoming better is by learning new things and/or changing the way you think or do things. I know some people like to believe and say "you cannot teach an old dog new tricks" but you need to realize 2 things about that phrase:
  1. You are not - and never wil be - a dog, so you are capable of learning new things/changing
  2. "When you are through changing, you are through." ~Bruce Barton
Sometimes you talk to people asking them what's new and they respond in "Christianese" - "I'm waiting on the Lord." It amuses me sometimes because for some of those people, it is obvious that God is the One waiting on them to get up and do something about their position or condition. I know Ps 23:2 tells us that as our Shepherd, God leads us beside the still waters...note that it doesn't say that He leaves us there. Unfortunately, rather than do something too many of us stay in one place - under the guise of "stillness" and become stale - and wonder why people are put off when they come in contact with us.

When you refuse to change or at least improve, you become stale and begin to "stink" Like Harold Wilson said: "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."

Having said all that, I can't but warn that like Ellen Glasgow said: "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward." There are times when we grow in the place of stillness. In Ps 46:10, God says "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (NKJV)

My advice: assess where you are currently - are you in a state of stillness or staleness?
If still, wait on the Lord and He will direct your paths.
 If stale - get up and do what God has instructed you to.
God bless.

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