Hey, Summer is almost here. I pulled out my lawnmower and threw out some junk just to say I did some spring cleaning. It’s time to clean out some broken ways of thinking.
You act differently when spring arrives or the first Winter blizzard hits. Why would a change of season in your life let you to act like you did before? Changes in life might be marked by a birthday, a change of job, location, a loss. Regardless, something has changed, old ways of acting and thinking don’t work anymore.
“Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.”
― George R.R. Martin,
A change of season might begin with frustration. A crack in the foundations of your thinking and believing could lead to a place where life doesn’t work like it did before. Anger and frustration intensify.
This cycle kicked off almost every season in life:
Obstacle, Anger, God encounter, Higher thought, Breakthrough.
Change or die.
So you’ve hit an obstacle in life. You know you hit it because you’re angry but might not know why. Life doesn’t seem to work like before.
Yea, God saw this coming. He may have even tried to talk to you about it before today. But now the life has gotten your attention. Time to ask God what’s broken then listen for the answer. You might hear him when you pray. You might hear him when you read your bible. You might hear him when you ask a friend for honest feedback and promise not to hit him when they answer honestly. You might find the issue when you think of someone you hate deeply and realize you do the same thing.
“Big things swing on little hinges” – Phil Pringle
One issue I had around honour and approval would not let me move on until I dealt with it.
Without God’s approval, honouring people turns into currying favour. Looking for crumbs of approval that fall from the table of people you look to. It often ends with anger and hatred for people that can’t give you what you need. Don’t confuse honour with approval or you end up a mess, angry at the world.
To recognize this and ask God to forgive me for thinking this was a game changer. It was like taking the emergency-brake off while driving down the highway. Life gained momentum, passion and focus returned with a new vision of what could happen in this new season.
Anyone that has asked Christ to take control of their life has God’s approval already, even if they don’t live out of that truth.
“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” Colossians 1:22,23