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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Changes

Updated on January 4, 2015

Children change into bigger children and buds turn into flowers.

We can embrace change and be happy or resist it and be unhappy. A simple truth.
We can embrace change and be happy or resist it and be unhappy. A simple truth. | Source

That which is good may be bad, in a way.

Two things are certain in life. There will be changes. We will resist changes. Not all change is good but some change is good. Let us look at change. Some change we accept willingly. A jail door being opened. Winning the lottery. Marriage maybe;-) A new child. A promotion or even just a job.

I think you see where I am going here. Even though the change might seem marvelous and wonderful there is still some trepidation and resistance that goes on in our mind. I am sure it is hard for the "normal" person to understand the fear of an inmate being released but it is there. On the "inside" there is routine and in fact usually security in knowing where the next meal comes from and where you will lay your head down to sleep. Illnesses are taken care of and there is a certain camaraderie built in if only by association. There is a sense of structure that is lacking in "freedom". And there are so many uncertainties built into the outside world it can be frightening.

Having a child seems all wonderful and great until we really are struck with the notion of having someone completely dependent on us for survival, not to mention thriving. And the expense and alteration of lifestyle - Oh My! Insecurity and worry sets in and we become excited yet fearful nonetheless.

Marriage is not to be taken lightly. The vow remains the same "until death do us part" Holy cow! And again: Insecurity and worry sets in and we become excited yet fearful nonetheless.

How many stories have we heard where the poor person winning the lottery has their life destroyed and made worse. And again: Insecurity and worry sets in and we become excited yet fearful nonetheless.

Even good change and what appear to be blessings cause us worry and insecurity and all that go with those twin devils. Release yourself from those bonds and make a change, not just in you.

The ocean changes constantly.

Someday the boy will outgrow the man and who will take care of whom?
Someday the boy will outgrow the man and who will take care of whom? | Source

Boy o Boyo do we change.

Take water for instance.

Ice is frozen water. Rain is falling water. Seas are salty water. Rivers are flowing water. We are made up of about 60% water. Urine is digested water with waste. Dew is condensation water and wells are underground water. Steam is gaseous water. And tap water is often not suitable to drink.

Water is constantly changing and yet in each form it is essential to our survival.

This example is to remind us that change is inevitable and in everything around us. Seasons change continuously thank goodness. The earth rotates and sunshine turns into dark and there is a time to sleep and a time to wake. We begin young and we hopefully end old. And egg is raw and we change it to cooked in order to eat it. Buds become leaves and yet by a year they have fallen to the ground and begun to become earth again. All things new are made of the old and all things old are made of the new.

So where does silly old mankind get off trying to resist change. A plant that is not growing and changing is changing nevertheless and withering and dying. The same for four legged and two legged animals that walk the earth and the fish in the sea.

Changes

Fatalism is not an answer!

Oh what is the use? My goodness there is nothing I can do! I can't stop or control the inevitable!

It is not the natural fact of change that we must bridle against it is our surrender and lack of impact that is a crime against our humanity. There is a wonderful term that comes from the Latin ancients: Carpe Diem - generally meaning; seize the day. Combined with Tempus fugit which generally means that time flies. So we have tempus fugit carpe diem. Meaning time is fleeting and so we must do what we can today. That is the sentiment we must maintain in our hearts. This is the way we must view the process of change. We must endeavor to be "a part of" and help to shape and mold our and other's future. We must keep our eye firmly on the ball and not lose sight of the challenges that face us. We must pray and meditate and strive to know the will of our supreme being and that is not good enough, we must act to create change that is within the divine.

Change the life of one woman. Reach out to one child and know that the change was not left to chance but rather to a purpose which is good and pleasing to our God. If that is just to hard for you, then change things for the purpose of betterment of your humankind and for that which stands the test of time and that is good.

So we are not to sit and wring our hands an await and then be fearful of change. We are designed and created to make the changes before they just happen. We as fellow humans are cut from a cloth of change. We must embrace it and fashion it to a higher purpose rather than simply our own survival in a status quo.

This bride and that little pumpkin head changed my life for the better.

Now it is my job, which I accept with glee to make their life better.
Now it is my job, which I accept with glee to make their life better. | Source

A note for historians and Christians.

Because of events about 2,000 years ago a whole people have been raised up under grace and faith. There were laws that condemned us and restricted us. In just four books over 600 laws not to mention commandments and precepts and dictates. By the birth of a child and his preaching and death and resurrection the law became a guide and a gift. A whole faith was transformed or should we say changed. Today that faith requires us to repent and repent merely means to acknowledge and to walk and talk a changed way.

I need to change. I do not want to. I am comfy. But I shall ask for guidance and I shall make endeavor to change. It is the least I can do for those that love me.

Do not make me change the following suggestions

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I read the title and instantly started singing the Bowie song. LOL Life would be incredibly boring without change, or so it seems to me. :) Happy Sunday my friend, and nice sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Peace be upon you Bill. All men who know you know that you are a great sponsor of positive change within our personal control. Blessings be with you.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Hello dear Eric,

      "Times are a changing". A great write up. Tears have water and I was teary as I read the truth and power in your thoughtful words.

      Blessings to you this Sunday. And a healthy and happy New Year! :-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The boy is in Vietnamese Sunday School and my bride is busy cooking for the group -- So I relax and get to read and write -- your blessings found me. That is a huge change for me from just a few years ago. Thank you for your kind words and support.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A great Sunday lesson Eric. Ever changing and all to the better we hope. With help from that Christ child you mention we all who follow Him will make it fine.

      God bless. ^+

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie, let it be known those of us who know Him have a leg up and a head start. But never let us forget to lend a hand for a catch up for those behind. Change will come, how many can we bring with us?!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is what you make of it as I always say and a change sounds great.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Devika, good to hear from you, hooray for change!

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Change is very necessary for our spiritual growth. I always become very wary of change, especially if it means loss in some way. Lately I have been seeing many changes in my life and some have left me depressed. I know they are necessary in order for me to receive the growth that I pray for.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, with your good attitude even seemingly bad changes will bring you to new heights and a closer connection. Thank you for leaving this comment that adds to the hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like when you get philosophical like this. Thanks for the encouragement to embrace change. To resist it is to make ourselves miserable. Great counsel!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much Ms Dora. You have had more than your share lately and you seem to dealing with it in a real positive manner. I am proud to know you.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      a great sunday hub.. that can be enjioyed each day of the week bravo my friend :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank it means a lot to me that you dropped by and left a note. I hope these hubs have application in the day to day.

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love your written thoughts, Eric. I hope you've been well. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Abby, we are doing super duper well out here in the coastal desert. Temperature at about 80 with skiing just two hours away!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful message here Eric. Change is inevitable Eric, even if it isn't always easy. We have to look for the positives and there usually is a reason for everything theat may not be evident at first. Thanks for another great Sunday sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I woke up this morning and realized I had to make some heavy changes. And that I had better make them before I HAD to make them. I do not like it, but I darn sure better embrace it. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice note.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I always love your Sunday lessons, dear Eric, especially this one on change, and one I missed from last Sunday, so I two to catch up on. That is a blessing though.

      Great insight for if we are still here, then we are changing and hopefully more into His likeness as each day passes.

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      God bless you and yours.

      (((Hugs))), peace and love always

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith that is a great quote " for if we are still here, then we are changing and hopefully more into His likeness as each day passes." Thank you for adding so much to this hub. And thanks much for the kudos and sharing, you are a great supporter of us writers.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      I don't know about anyone else , but I think I see a man that's blessed with God's wisdom, son and wife and he knows it ! Thanks for the sermon Eric . Love the pictures !

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ed. You always say the most uplifting things and I really appreciate it. It is the coal that keeps this tired old engine running. And yes I am indeed blessed with a great son and wife -- the jury is out on the other ;-)

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      It´s true that change is a part of life. Sometimes what we would consider a negative change actually works out for the better. A lot of it depends on our outlook. It´s better to just enjoy the ride!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vespa, I have a friend who reminds me to "grab a bag of popcorn and watch the show". We clearly have to accept the changes and go with them.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'm very late for this Sunday sermon! I have a few to catch up on, in fact. However, they are still great messages for me to read and I look forward to them.

      If we don't change then what are we? Nothing. I see the importance of change more and more, mostly in my grandchildren; they are the ones who need to adjust to growing up and learning which isn't always easy. I try to help them, alongside their parents of course.

      Wonderful words, Eric, as always.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great comment Ann. I find that I am changed by my young son on an almost daily basis. He is growing so fast that I must adapt or be left behind. And that is a true blessing.

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      Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago

      Much food for thought here, Eric. I am in love with your sermons. What a fine read!

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Surabhi. Thanks is very kind of you to let me know.

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