Today my daughter had her freshman orientation at our alma mater. The place is different today, but the old High School Halls are still full of notes of nostalgia.
Hitting All the Right Notes
Walking through those High School Halls, I pointed out where my locker was. I showed my daughter where my favorite classes and teachers were. We passed through what used to be our cafeteria, which is now called the Commons. I popped into the boys restroom by the old band room, and while that sounds unimportant, it was once a favorite spot! No, smoking nevered happened in there, at least not on my watch. It was singing. My best buds and I used to sing acapella in that bathroom because the acoustics were phenomenal. Around every corner of those halls… a memory… even with the many cosmetic changes.
I’m old-fashioned. I like the idea of courtship, even with a modern twist or two, but something happened recently that made me think, “Forget courtship. Young people don’t even know how to date anymore!”
So what was it?
A teenage girl I know very well received a text from a boy the same age. It was the first time the boy ever contacted her. He asked her to be his girlfriend. Let’s break that down a bit…
- It was the first contact.
- He asked her to be his girlfriend.
- He did it via text. Let me repeat that one. He did it via text.
Lest you think I am too hard on the boy, I assure you I’m not. He gets a pass for two reasons. First, he’s a young man and likely prone to boneheaded decisions. Second, his actions are a function of the culture around him and how they do things today. That said, it caused me to reflect on how I can prepare my children appropriately.
As creatures in time, change is no stranger to us. Time, after all, is a measurement of change. Yet for all that, change can be one of the most railed against and dreaded things in our lives. The reasons are complex, but one of them is surely because some changes are huge… life-altering even. In this post, a result of my own prayers and introspection today, I offer four sources that seem, to me anyway, necessary for making lasting change in one’s life.
This one seems obvious, but many overlook God today. God is the One Who constantly holds existence in the proverbial palm of His hand. He sustains creation from moment to moment and providentially provides for all our needs. He is the primary source and inspiration for any changes we could ever hope to make.
In order to make a change that lasts, we must begin with gratitude. Gratitude, in turn, leads to a desire to please God with a sacrificial offering of one’s life. We can even get specific here, and offer a particular aspect of life that needs change. God will see our changes through to the end, provided we turn to Him regularly in prayer. Finally, we come to Him full circle with grateful hearts for the change He works in us.