Changes and Changelessness

Life is constant change yet the more things change the more they stay they same.

I have changed and have seen a lot of changes in and during my life. Some changes are but a blur. Like, technology gets a complete makeover every 18 months (Moore’s Law). Some changes are slower in happening but just as world-changing and even cataclysmic like climate change where there are severe droughts in some places and devastating floods in others.  I myself have changed. I have been to places, seen events and met people that have touched me and changed my life forever: most for the better because of the memories they left me, and others for the lessons they taught me.

And yet through all the changes, I have remained the same. The issues I have struggled with as a young man are still with me. I still wonder if I am doing the right things. The right things I believe in still seem to elude me. I still struggle to curb my pride, tame my sensuousness and lust, rein in my greed and selfishness. I confess and own up to the same sins today as when I was younger. On the positive side, I am still a romantic and an idealist. I still love to soar in flights of fancy dwelling in a world of ideas and ideals. I am still driven to be of service where I am needed. And I love giving love whenever, wherever and to whomever I can.

If life were a balance sheet (and I know it is not), there would be more credits than debits in mine and my net worth would be positive. But life is not about keeping scores. It is about keeping things in balance and not losing perspective. Prayer time is time for keeping this perspective properly aligned and keeping my balance in this ever-changing yet unchanging world I live in.

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds;

Philip said to Jesus,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.”
John 14:7-11

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