Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6
My dad used to cut them off right from the beginning. A new shirt out of the bag immediately meant looking for scissors to cut the irritating tag. I wondered why he didn't just wait to first determine if the tag would bother him. His mission to eradicate the irritant was with the same resolve he shewed flies from a car while driving.
Sunday at church, I found myself shifting in my seat and mind, agitated. Strangely, I wasn't sure if it was the message or not. I tried to tag the cause of the irritation.
Sunday, processing another person's thoughts about change seemed to create an entire wardrobe of new tag choices for me. My thoughts about change come with a myriad of alternatives and decisions and perspectives and experiences and consequences. Would it be so much easier if change were a simple yes or no decision from the beginning, if I chose to just rip the tags from from the new shirt or not?
Being certain about my ideas and conversations on change may take awhile, a processing, before I realize that it is really me that chooses these thoughts. It takes me time to be certain these changes are true representations of those things I desire and deem as truth. Once I sort through these tags, these possible irritants and aggravations, the impact of the tag ( the directions) will be what changes my involvement in the entire process of change.
When change keeps buzzing around like flies, and I keep swatting in all directions, I am ever mindful of this process:
Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of the God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2