Times, They are A-Changing

Wow, I know it’s been a looooong time since I have blogged.  Life as you know changes all the time.  I quit teaching and started a paint business.  I loved the freedom and the creativity that I had not had in my previous profession.  I was able to travel with my husband for his ministry and I had freedom to be more involved in my church.  Then I was called by a principal to do a mentoring program at his school and I started that right before the Christmas break and have been doing that so far this year.  I have flexibility in my schedule because I do home visits in the evenings.  I have enjoyed working one-on-one with students and visiting with families in the evenings.  But with that, came lots of changes in our schedule.

Times are changing.  Our social environment is changing faster that we can keep up with.  The Bible warns us of these times.  And we are to prepare for the coming changes.

Proverbs 29:18New International Version (NIV) says:

18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

When we choose to not be in the Word (which is where our revelation comes from), establishing what is right and wrong, letting it guide and lead us through our daily lives, then people will cast off restraints.  When we begin to be influenced by the world, and become more like the world, we will eventually cross over that line of sin and restraint that we thought we would never cross.  When we begin to compromise our stand on spiritual things, we will begin to allow things in our lives that may be harmful to our spiritual development.  When we spiritually look like the world, then how can someone who needs the Lord determine who can help them?

We need to be able to stand out as being different, living up to a different standard.  People will know who to turn to when the issues of life try to overtake them.  Times are changing — our economy, our place in the world, our nation’s social morality.  We must be on the alert.  Don’t be caught sleeping spiritually through these changes.  Don’t stick your head in the sand and assume everything is okay.  God will take of His people, but we must be ready to help others in need when they are calling out for help.