Daily Devotional for January 5, 2022

Yesterday, Chris set up the new computer in my office.  After listening to hours of crying and screaming, Chris told me to be quiet, accept the fact that I was getting a new computer, and adjust to a positive change. 
The problem is, I don’t believe any change is positive.  All change is bad because it is unfamiliar.  
As Dr. Seuss would say, “I don’t like change, Sam I am.  I never have.  I never can.”
Change and I do not get along.
I remember when wearing seatbelts became the law of the land.  I thought it was ridiculous.  Wasn’t I safe enough, sitting on a truck seat, free as the wind as we roared down the highway?  Today, I cannot imagine driving down the road without first buckling my seat belt for safety’s sake.
I remember when I was in high school, and my parents got their first microwave oven.  I didn’t understand why we needed one.  Didn’t the oven cook our food fast enough?  Today, I cannot imagine a kitchen without a microwave.
I can remember when home computers came on the scene.  I thought they were ridiculous.  Why did I need to spend all that money when a typewriter did the same thing?  Today, I cannot imagine writing a sermon or devotional without a computer.
As I said, change and I do not get along.
The problem is, change is an integral part of being a Christian.  When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we change because we no longer live for ourselves.  Instead, we live for the One who is true life.
This is what Paul meant by saying, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Pastor and motivational speaker John Maxwell said, “Change is Inevitable.  Growth is Optional.”
Being a Christian means change and growth.  That’s a good thing.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, change anything in me that is not of you.  Help me live a holy life that brings you joy.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
Our God is not routine, predictable, or the mundane.  Our God is the God of the Big Adventure, where we put our hand in His and let God walk us through eternity.  And in doing so, we don’t know what is around the bend in the road, but God is already there, so we have nothing to fear.
Today, commit to change those things in your life that need to change.  You will be glad you did.
Also, just for the record, I am going to talk to Chris about changes I think he should make.  The first is not making fun of me when I am crying about having to learn a new computer.  I think we can all agree that’s a change he needs to make.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins