Seasons. With each new season comes new opportunities, new tasks and new challenges. The change of seasons can be exciting; filled with anticipation and hope for what’s to come. But the change of seasons can also bring feelings of anxiety as we await the unknown of what’s ahead. As one year winds down a new year waits in the shadows, what is your hope for 2019?
"A Game Changer is one who is confident in who she is in the Lord and able to stand on her own two feet regardless of what her peers say! A Game Changer has the courage to step up and step out and give hope to those around her. In basketball terms, she is your clutch player who steps to the line with seconds left and hits the free throw to win the game: she is relentlessness in her passion and pursuit of something greater!" –Trish Helsel, K-2, Women’s Director
The world is in need of Game Changers: those who boldly follow God’s call and seek to make a difference in the lives of others. But in order to make a difference, we must first be different. Romans 12:2 instructs us,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
How can we choose to transform instead of conform? How do we make our lives look different from the world, so that we can then make a difference in the world?
Game Changers stand out when they refuse to accept the norm. They are not defined by the status quo, and they will not be hindered by worldly standards and expectations. Their eyes are on a much higher, much more lasting prize than temporary fame or success. Here are three ways we can stand out as Game Changers:
- Answer to a higher calling.
In order to live in the world and not of it, we must remember from Whom our direction and instruction comes. We do not make our own rules and pave our own paths--we receive our game plan from the Lord!
“Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God...” Psalm 123:2
“The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
2. Find your satisfaction in Christ.
Jesus alone offers a love, peace and a hope that satisfies. All other pursuits-- while offering temporary happiness-- do not have the power to fill us. When we turn to Christ for contentment, we have the strength serve Him and others with unconditional joy.
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11
“And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11
3. Fix your eyes on heaven.
We are guaranteed that in this life, we will have trouble (John 16:33). Being a Game Changer will not always be easy. We will face temptation, hardship and confusion. At times, it will seem like the best option is to give up and give in to what the world wants. But when we fix our eyes on what’s ahead, remembering the future we have with Jesus, we’re refreshed with endurance and patience. Hope energizes us to stand up and stand out for our entire lives!
“...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5: 3-5
By implementing these three practices into our daily lives, we can become Game Changers who are both different and difference-makers. For daily encouragement on how to stand out as a #GameChanger, follow us on Twitter & Facebook!
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