Benefit from the Change

Luke 6:20-21

Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.”

Thought of the Day:  We can benefit from the change

Okay, alright, I get it! As I read the Upper Room Devotional this morning, I read the words from the author stating that things that happen in our lives happen for a reason and that we can benefit from even the difficult things that happen in our lives. I shared recently with a new friend about struggles I have had since moving to a new town and she reminded me in a wonderful way that everything in my life changed when we moved here only four short months ago. We found ourselves in a new state, a new town, a new church, new house, new schools, new jobs, and new ways of life. We have had to change our driver’s licenses, car tags, taxes, insurance companies, utility companies, and more things that we haven’t even heard about yet. As my friend and I talked, I realized how much she is trying to help me in my profession to learn more about the education system in our new state and to begin looking at the good that is happening in our new situations. I have already found things that I enjoy in our new state and town, including the beautiful hills in the area surrounding us. I absolutely love our new church with the enthusiasm shown to every person who walks in. My favorite thing to do right now is to sit and worship on Sunday mornings knowing God will speak to me through the music and word. The hardest thing I have encountered is working in a new school setting in a grade I have never taught before with very young children. It has been a challenge as I knew it would be when I began. As I talked to my friend, who was very encouraging, I stated that all the computer programs and assessment activities were similar to what I had used before but that I felt I was comparing “apples to oranges” and that the similarities were not enough to keep me from learning things anew. I am learning new ways of doing things and she has given me resources to learn even more. So, have I benefited from all of my changes? My answer is “Yes, definitely.” Do I have more to do to make things here feel like home? “Yes, definitely.” Is God going to be with me and send me new friends to help me through the new situations? “Yes, definitely.”

Today’s scripture in the Upper Room is the Beatitudes when Jesus speaks to the crowd, “Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, 2and He began to teach them, saying: 3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Prayer: God, thank you for the blessings of new friends and new situations. As we go through difficult times and changes, we do not see clearly the benefits. Thank you for showing us that through time, we will benefit from your plan. Amen.

Prayer Focus: Those going through changes

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