Moving Forward

by Sandy Scheffler (originally published January 2016)

We are in the process of moving, and I can tell you first hand that perspective is everything. I can choose to resist change and cling to the old or embrace the process of discovering what lies ahead.

My favorite part about moving is purging things that aren't useful, and re-discovering and re-organizing the things that are! There is something so gratifying about putting my priorities back in place. I find myself rising to the task of purging and strategizing in seasons of transition, knowing the sweet reward that awaits me: a new normal that feels fresh, organized and complete.

One can have the same perspective when moving into new places spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and relationally. As a Christian, I’ve learned that life is a perpetual journey of growth and progression - “upgrades” if you will. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV) says, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

This process requires my cooperation as I remain yielded to the Holy Spirit’s gentle yet powerful work of purging away everything that doesn't line up with my true identity. As the old falls away, I can more brilliantly reveal Christ’s image - completely accepted and loved as I am on this earth, yet constantly moving towards who I truly am in Heaven. This miraculous transformation occurs as I renew my mind to the truth of God’s Word:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Let’s go back to the moving analogy. Picture yourself in the middle of your closet with “keep” and “throw away” piles. What if we took this same approach towards negative attitudes, critical thoughts, dysfunctional relationships, destructive emotions, unhealthy physical habits -- ANYTHING that hinders us from rising up into the glorious image of our Savior Jesus? John 10:10 (ESV) will help us with our sorting: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” If anything steals, kills or destroys, throw it away! On the other hand, anything that leads to abundant life is a keeper!

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sort through your stuff and cooperate with His good, pleasing and perfect will for your life! As we open wide every part of our being to His loving care, we learn we can trust Him completely and progress into more fulfilling places in Him than we ever thought possible. Embrace the process of moving as a way of life, constantly purging, re-organizing and upgrading in every area as God leads.

Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith! (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV)