Change can be scary
Everyone on earth must go through change, but, thankfully, God never changes.
The time came for the school year to draw to a close. Leaving the school building, I said good-bye to my closest friends. Freshman year was not to be forgotten. The transfer from grade school to high school was a little intimidating, but after a couple of days I was used to the new school life.
While I was leaving, I looked into my yearbook at the autograph section to read the notes people had written me. One message stood out to me the most. It said, “Don’t ever change!” I kept the thought close throughout the summer.
With that thought in mind, I came back to school, now a year older, and I noticed things had drastically changed. I’m not talking about moving up a class, receiving new courses and lockers, and making new friends. I’m talking about the attitudes of fellow classmates. Some people changed so much over the summer. Their new attitudes and personalities scared me.
Everyone must go through change. After all, it is a part of growing up. Change can be good. But change is also scary, as in changing to bad attitudes that harm you and others. Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We should keep our attitudes to what reflects Jesus and live according to what God says.
However, keeping a Christlike attitude in this sinful world is not easy. The devil comes to us in the form of friends who do not reflect Christ’s attitude and tempt us into changing our Christian lifestyle just to fit in. If we don’t, we’ll get picked on and maybe lose some friendships.
We can be thankful that Jesus never changed. When he was tempted in the desert, Jesus resisted with God’s Word saying, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’ ” (Matthew 4:10). Could Jesus have escaped being arrested, tortured, and crucified? Yes. But did he? No! Jesus willingly suffered so we wouldn’t have to pay for our sins. And since he rose from the dead, God now gives us a new holy life in Jesus.
Now that we are children of God and have the attitude of Christ Jesus, we dare not change back to the sinful life we once lived in. How do we keep our Christian attitudes then? Regularly going to church and Bible class, doing personal Bible study, and surrounding ourselves with fellow Christians.
Looking at the yearbook notes even more, there was another sentence I read. Another friend wrote “I hope you continue to shine a light on everyone you meet.” As children of God, we can share our Christian faith by our attitudes. When other people see this, they will want to know why we act the way we do. This is a great opportunity to show how much our Savior loves us. We can spread that light to others so they can hear the good news.
The quote “People change. Memories don’t” is very true. As we go on with the rest of our lives, the people we meet will change, and so will we. But the memories we make will never change. I also can always trust in God because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). No matter what may happen, God will always stay perfect. Guaranteed.
Aaron Schultz, a junior at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wisconsin, is a member at First Lutheran, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
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Author: Aaron Schultz
Volume 101, Number 8
Issue: August 2014
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