CHANGE IS INEVITABLE SO CHOOSE YOUR CHANGE
I used to hate January. I love Christmas so much that January just felt like a month long case of the mondays. Putting away the christmas decorations. Turning off the christmas music. Going back to school or work or both. All of it was a reminder that the magic and warmth of the holidays was behind us and now it’s time to “get back to reality.”
That is until about four years ago.
Four years ago my roommates and I decided to take the risk of falling into the “new year, new me” trend and set some goals for ourselves. We set up shop at a coffee house for a few hours and busted open our Moleskin journals and planners and thought and prayed about the year to come. Since then, we have made it a point each year to connect and share with each other how we were wanting to grow in the new year.
This subtle change in thinking has led to many celebrated seasons of growth in my life. That’s the funny thing about growth, it always comes with change. This is because change is inevitable. But we have a say in what and how we change. Change on its own doesn’t eventuate into growth, but change is necessary for growth. The key is to choose your change intentionally and resolutely. To do this well requires us to rethink some of our deeply held understandings of certain things.
WHY RETHINK: RETHINK TO BE RENEWED
Any change in our life starts with change in our minds. This truth can be seen throughout life as well as throughout Scripture. The ancient Hebrew wisdom literature tells us that “as a man thinks, so he is.” Also, Paul in his letter to the romans tells us that transformation begins by renewing our mind
We all desire this kind of transformation. Which means we all need to rethink certain ideas and concepts so that growth can be possible. This is why, over the next few weeks, our core contributors will be inviting us into conversations about themes that need to be rethought. In this series we will reexamine how we think about topics such as leadership, doubt, singleness, career, race, and much much more. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift of thought to open up new possibilities. We are so excited to have these conversations and to continue learning and growing from one another. To get the most out of these conversations, consider these tips below:
HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF THIS SERIES:
- Be Open
Most of the things we will be exploring in this series will be areas of life that you probably already have formed opinions and deeply held biases, even if you don’t know what they are yet. That’s ok. Actually, that’s normal and natural. The call of this series is not to change everything about your perspective within a few weeks. It is simply to be open to the new ideas and perspectives to see how you might want to adjust how you are living in a certain area of life.
- Commit to Experiment
What if, while following this series, you committed to trying new things and taking on new perspectives? What if you committed yourself to not dismissing ideas but instead “tried them on for size” and see what new possibilities open up? Experiment with ideas and don’t be afraid of expanding the horizons of your thoughts.
- Don't Do it Alone
Like me and my roommates, choosing to take on goals at the turn of the year, what if you followed this series with friends? Growth is best done with the support of others. Community is an essential element to any real change. This is especially true when it comes to a change of mind and perspective. Consider having conversation with friends and mates about the conversations we will be having in this series!
To being renewed by renewing our minds,
P.S. If you want to experiment with the whole new year’s resolution thing, dowload the Dust & Breath Goal Guide to create goals of your own!
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Jonathon grew up in six different states across the Western United States. He made his way to Southern California to attend Vanguard University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's of Divinity Degree at Azusa Pacific University where he also works doing campus ministry with college students. Jonathon is passionate about discipleship to Jesus and innovation, especially when those two spaces meet. He aspires to encourage people to live well-curated lives of purpose and passion. You can find Jonathon living in his beloved city of Costa Mesa, California with his amazing wife, Cyndi. Oh yeah, and he is a HUGE Raiders fan.