The Seasons of a Believer
Different Seasons, Different Attitudes
The change of season is often accompanied by a change in attitude. We take a look at our surroundings and surrender our hearts to what we see. I'm not exempt from doing this myself.
I would look outside and see the signs of a new season beginning, and I would automatically get excited. My heart would lean on the hope that if the seasons could miraculously change, then my outlook on life would automatically change with it. But God eventually revealed to me that "faith without works is dead," (James 2:26). I had my own part to play in "renewing my mind" (Romans 12 ), but I just didn't know it at the time.
And then the season would continue to pass, and I realized that my attitude would follow the pattern of the season. Just as Spring enters into its middle stages and the newness of everything blooming begins to taper, so my thoughts would lessen in awe. My mind was full of hidden potential and so were the seasons. But unless I embraced every season for what it truly contained, I was never going to tap into all that was in store for me at each moment.
Change Doesn't Have to be Hard
Most people even have a difficult time accepting a change in the weather. The topic of change becomes even more tender when it comes to changing yourself. Most of the fear related to change deals with the insecurity of not knowing how things will turn out. If you keep doing what you've always done, there's some security in that. However, it's not the type of security that will last. When God is prompting us to change, we can be sure that we'll come out better on the other side. He'll never ask us to change in a way that we're incapable of doing. He would be unjust in doing that. By spending time with God, you get to know His character. You'll begin to see His goodness unfold in situations that you would typically only see as being bleak. And the more time you spend with Him, the more your heart can be attached to the nature of His character within you.
Having a Fixed Mindset
The Bible tells us not to be "double-minded." Have you ever been stuck on which road to take? But instead of choosing one and sticking with it you continue to vacillate back and forth?