Being a Christian I have found it hard to not stand out in common societal beliefs. It is part of life. Most people go against what I believe in. Some changes I have made have been hard but they definitely have been needed. Sort of like Moses being a prince in Egypt but realizing temporal wealth was far greater for the lay person than for someone who knew his maker (Hebrews 11:24-26). Leaving your nation is no small feet, all he had known for years, respect he had earned. When I made decisions to stop listening to particular types of music, certain TV programmes, speak a certain way and many other changes, my nation changed. Some people didn’t contact me anymore, I didn’t contact others. It would have been easy in some senses to move to another place. Eventually when I moved away from the area I grew up in, it was hard but I did not focus on the negatives for long. God steadied me and I accepted and I began to enjoy the fact, I did not know anyone and other benefits.
I don’t like change naturally but I know it is essential to growth, never being content in stagnation, but knowing moving forward is vital. Some of my greatest successes came from me changing and moving.
What I do know is life is more important to me than death. Life for me includes what happens after we leave Earth and what happens in eternity. I asked someone today, If they were told to leave their location because they were warned the city would be attacked and destroyed, would they leave and if so, what to take. I wont disclose their answers but I will give you the gist of my answer. My answer included no more than three items and they all ensured I could continue my call from God. In crunch situations, importance counts. When Lot was being evacuated from Sodom and Gomorrah, what do you think he took? Due to the pace of evacuation, one man could not take much. Remember, Lot came to Sodom and Gomorrah rich and I am sure he dwelled there even richer. However when he left, he left with potentially nothing. He had his life and two daughters. I say this is better than dying and also better than forsaking God. Riches can be returned, life can’t.
Change is hard for me but God is more important. This is why I try to change for God everyday…