Many, if not most will associate today’s quote from author Washington Irving with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I simply note that Irving was a genius at the art of a sly, humorous and true statement. Here it is:
“There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place.” Washington Irving.
Irving was simply, artfully, and humorously pointing out that change will lessen pain, but create a new one as time goes by. It is funny how many consultants, gurus and even married people suppose “a change” will solve problems forever. Not so.
The other day I drove for fifteen hours, stopping only for fuel and in other necessities in the fuel stop (I had snacks in the car). A friend asked, “Larry, how on earth did you stand that rigor at your age?” Having Irving’s statement in mind, my answer was simply; “Cheek to cheek.”
It’s hard to understand the resistance many Christians have to any kind of change. Long trips require small changes, but changes nonetheless and it must be pointed out in most cases life is a long journey.
Certainly change is necessary in the life of a Christian as even becoming a “new born” via faith in Jesus is a major change in destination. It also is a major change of the ideology of life itself. Paul wrote about this major, eternal change here:
1Thessalonians 1:9 “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
Actually, the entire chapter is about the radical change that results in a true Christian experience. Does this change eliminate the “pain” of living? Not for me, or even Paul, nor any other believer. It does incur a different outlook and a different focus of trust, from trusting “idols” in whatever form, to trusting Christ, to understanding that we are delivered from the domain of darkness into the domain of Christ, who is the light of the world.
Part of the chapter deals with a satisfying purpose in all of life, the purpose of helping others come to an understanding of true life, demonstrating, via our walk, not just talk, the glaring difference in world view between Christians and Pagans. Tragically, many religious people have experienced the views of their cult without having experienced Jesus Christ.
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