What Can We Count On?

It is July. JULY. I can hardly believe it. JULY. I think I wouldn’t believe it had I not barely survived the chaos that was the Fourth of July festivities at the Wilson’s. JULY.

We are six months through a year that is best described, by quoting the “Fresh Prince of Belair” theme song.

The year my life got flipped, turned upside down.

I can’t help but laugh as I reflect on how I thought, how I assumed, how I prophesied, this year was going to unfold. And just how off base I was.

Job changes. Friendship changes. Life changes.

It’s silly, really.

The way we make plans. The way we casually assume that tomorrow is going to look like today. The way we delude ourselves into believing we alone are in control of our destinies. The way we make judgments about right and wrong, good and evil, and even the past and the future.

There are really only a handful of things that we can count on with complete certainty.

One. That change is inevitable.

Two. That life is hard.

Three. That God is good.

Four. That in all things God works for the good of those who love him.

Five. That this life is temporary. And we MUST stay focused on things eternal.

What else can we count on? 

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • The only thing I would add to that list: That God is near. Always. Sometimes grieving, sometimes rejoicing, but always loving. Near.

  • Lindsay, 

    Here is a summary of my life from July, 2009 to October, 2010:

    I was give 1 year of notice that my job was going away
    Three weeks later I got married. at age 35.
    I found another job, out of state.
    My wife and I moved from my lifelong hometown to Atlanta, GA
    My wife and I lived in a hotel for 5 months.
    My wife and I bought a house
    My wife and I had our first baby
    We did this all without the support of a local body or family living close by.

    I wouldn’t recommend this particular journey for anybody, but we learned two things:

     Our support came from the Lord.
    Things change.

    The second is hard. The first is life-changing.

    Best wishes on the rest of your 2011.

    • Thanks Greg. It is fun to see where God takes us. A lot of time it is better than anything we could ever plan!

  • I also learned one other thing. I can mis-spell Lindsey rather easily.

    • yesterday the guy at Starbucks spelled it “Lyndsey” so it’s not just you 🙂

  • Is change always good if we are a Christian, i.e. can we not trust God that He is always moving us in a better direction?

  • I don’t know how we stay focused on things eternal, but I’m pretty sure we start by becoming aware of what doesn’t work.  Many times, a “flipped, turned upside down” sort of year is exactly what helps us gain that awareness.  

    I think we can always count on the fact that, when we’re pursuing God, there is a *reason* for the things we encounter. When I focus on that, it helps me focus on growth, instead of self-pity. The trick is focusing on that. 🙂

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