What would your response be to the following question, “where do you see yourself in five years?” I know what your response will not be, “Right here, just like this.” No one wishes to be the same person they are today, in five years. Everyone wants to be growing, progressing, and changing.
The Moment of Truth
I recently reconnected with an old friend. She and I met six years ago while I was leading in student ministries at the previous church I attended. While we were catching up, she mentioned how much of a change she noticed in me, since we last saw each other. She prefaced her comment by saying, “I don’t want this to sound condescending”.
I assume she was concerned that pointing out the transformation from the person I was 6 years ago, to the woman I am today, would offend me.
This Got Me Thinking
There’s nothing offensive about someone noticing a positive change in me. Some offense arose by her acknowledging all that I wasn’t back then. But her acknowledgments weren’t false. Her comment, though, was far from patronizing, it was a compliment. People SHOULD notice a change in me if they haven’t seen me for an extended period of time. I should constantly be evolving and progressing.
I have a 2-year-old niece and a 5-month-old nephew. Being an aunt is one of the greatest joys in my life. I absolutely adore those precious children. However, I don't get to see them frequently because they live several hours away. With that being said, I don't get to observe the daily milestones they make.
When I do see them, after months of absence, I notice a great deal of growth that their parents may not have, because they witness their daily changes. It takes someone from a distance and a period of absence to notice great change.
Seeing my own growth over the past 6 years is not easy to do. Change is not something we often acknowledge in ourselves. But in order to be improving, we must be changing. Change is not optional. It is necessary.
I am most certainly not the same person I was 6 years ago. I was quite a negative, ungrateful, secretive, selfish individual back then. However, now I am a transparent, intentional, grateful, others-focused individual.
“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Dwelling upon the transformation in my life, allows me to see God’s grace at work in me. It is only through His grace and mercy that I am changing and progressing. That is the beauty of daily sanctification. Day to day, He is at work in me (Philippians 2:12). He is the molder, and I am the clay. I am the vine, and he is the vinedresser. He is shaping me to be more like His son.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
-2 Corinthians 5:17
I am a new creation in Christ. That implies definitive, irreversible change. There is nothing about me that remains the same.
In five years from now, I hope to see myself as more Christ-like.
Reflect on the past few years of your life. Where can you see change? Praise the Lord for that!
See you in the round,
A transformed child of the King (Megan)
“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved."