DAY 175 OF 365 IN 2021
FORGE A NEW PATH
Luke 1:60-61 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
Change is resisted because it is accompanied by an abandonment of norms and particular ways of doing things. However, in nearly all instances, unless one is willing to embrace some elements of change, the result is a complete stagnation and lack of forward motion in any endeavour.
Aunt Lizzy in the Gospel today had to take a firm stand even when the intention of her relatives was to name her son after his father and ignore the suggested name ‘John’. They weren’t wrong, since no family member had that name, accepting it would be a total deviation from the norm. This is the very same reason we will be receive when we seek to become agents of positive change – ‘it has not been done yet’.
But thumbs up to Elizabeth who had a firm resolve in standing for that major paradigm shift. Mind you, there is a place for honouring existing precepts and principles, but she did not just allow those precepts to dictate the kind of actions she took, and neither must we. For all you know, you ought to be the very first to venture into that specific endeavour precepts guard against.
Beloved, a person’s journey into excellence may begin with a strong wind of change which then requires a firm resolve to nurture. There are some decisions we cannot simply trust others to make for us, for that could trigger aborting the birth of great things. This would mean closing our ears to the many voices without, and listening to that still small voice within – the loudest voice from God which guides our way and guards our heart.
Remember # change is not readily embraced, but it definitely has its place.