It’s officially warm enough for shorts. I’ve been getting away with just putting him in track pants for the past week or so, but knowing we’ll be spending a good amount of time outdoors today I decided he needs shorts. He just doesn’t know what to make of them and keeps telling me – in that jibberish baby way only a mom can understand – that his pants do *not* fit him. He keeps pulling them down so the bottom is at his ankle, only to find that his waist is then around his thighs, only to pull them back up again and find that the bottom of his “pants” are at his knees again. Add to that socks that only come up to his ankle and pretty much hide inside his shoes and he’s all out of sorts. Poor guy!
How many of us are like that though? People don’t like change. Sure most of us are old enough so that the transition from jeans to shorts don’t freak us out, but for the most part people don’t like change. But the truth is, just like the seasons change, so does life. Transitions are all around us. Sometimes they are small like watching a child grow from one day to the next. Other days they seem huge, like a grandparents who hasn’t seen a child in a year and has to take in all of the change all at one. Ever have one of those moments when you look around you and say, “HOW did that happen? When did all of this stuff change?” I’ve had a few of those moments lately.
I think the church as a whole (not meaning my particular church) has taken to embracing sameness and avoiding change at all cost. They want to keep everything the same as the “good ol’ days” but the truth is that whether we like it or not, things are going to change. We can go kicking or screaming into the future and fighting change every step of the way (which is exhausting) or we can chase some lions and be a catalyst for change for the building of the kingdom. I want to be a lion chaser! I want to be right in the thick of things when God turns the world upside down! I want to live life to the fullest and embrace every second that I can because compared to eternity (which will be wonderful), this life is extremely short.