“Have your sandals on and your walking stick in your hand.” Ex 12:11 NCV

The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared,” and it’s a good one. In Exodus God told Israel, “Eat…fully dressed as if you were going on a trip…have your sandals on and your walking stick in your hand.” In other words, “Be ready when I tell you to move!” Maybe there’s an area in your life where God is telling you it’s time to move, but fear is making you shrink back. Don’t! Change is just evidence of growth. What worked yesterday can be tomorrow’s recipe for failure. You can’t become who you are destined to be, if you insist on staying as you are. John Patterson said, “Only fools and dead men don’t change…Fools won’t, and dead men can’t.” Change isn’t the enemy. Once you start seeing yourself as a lifelong learner looking for ways to grow and improve, change becomes your friend. Learn from the people you meet, pursue new ideas, strategies, and ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Jim Penner says: “Our bodies change no matter how hard we exercise …Our homes change as our needs ebb and flow. Our places of employment change as the winds of economic forces blow and new opportunities come…friendships change as family needs and employment pull us away…While many changes become enjoyable new seasons…sometimes they’re painful. But no matter what season of change you’re experiencing…you can find comfort in Malachi 3:6, ‘I am God…I haven’t changed’ (TM). His mercies endure forever…and it’s an awesome feeling knowing He loves and directs you just like He directed all His people who came before you.”