Summary: Nothing changes is Nothing changes, its time to make a change in the right direction. Cast all your care on Him for he careth for you and become a new creature in Christ Jesus.
Pastor M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says “To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace”.
This is probably one of, if not the most quoted scripture when it comes to dealing with change.
So today we are using this scripture and we are going to be dealing with the change. Understand that Nothing changes if Nothing changes.
The statement “Change is inevitable; misery is optional” is truer than many of us care to admit. Somehow, we imagine that it is possible to live without change. However, we can no more live and not have change than we can jump without feeling the impact of gravity. Just as gravity will pull you down when you jump change must happen in life, for to live is to grow; to grow is to change. Therefore, to live is to change, and any thought that we can avoid change in life is pure illusion.
What was once considered normal is now not because of change. At one time it was normal to have the television go off at a certain time of the night, but because of change that is not normal any more. There was a time when telephones in peoples home and in every room of the house was the norm, but because of change most people don’t have a home phone why because cell phones have changed the way we communicate. Automobiles, Airplanes, Trains, and Cruise Ships have changed the way we travel. The internet has changed the way we do business and meet people. Because of change what was once a big world has become ever increasingly small because it is nothing to get on your computer and Skype a person on the other side of the planet. That is the result of change.
African Americans are called that because there was a change from what we were called to this.
Women have rights just like men because something had changed.
The NFL is no longer on strike because something had changed.
One man said Change is inevitable – Change is constant. Change is going to happen regardless, the question is how can I cause change to work in my favor. I can try to resist change and try to stay the way I am or release my resistance to change and be like a hot air balloon that goes up when you remove the weight of the sandbags from it. So many of us hesitate to throw the sand out and still anticipate we will continue to move upward. But the Bible says in Hebrews 12:1 “lay aside every weight”, in other words there is some stuff that has to change.
There is a saying that goes:- “NOTHING CHANGES IF NOTHING CHANGES, AND IF I KEEP DOING WHAT I'VE ALWAYS DONE, I'LL KEEP GETTING WHAT I'VE ALWAYS GOT, AND WILL KEEP FEELING WHAT I ALWAYS FELT."
That is a true statement because to do the same thing over and over without ever having something change and you keep looking for a different outcome to happen is just crazy.
There is a certain movie that comes on T.V. ever so often and I like to watch it, my wife says you have seen that movie a million times why do you watch it so much, I said maybe this time it will end differently, she says that’s crazy. If no-one rewrote the movie and changed the ending then it is not going to end differently WHY – because Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes.
Albert Einstein said”- “The definition of insanity (crazy) is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"
"Nothing changes if nothing changes, and if I keep doing what I've always done, I'll keep getting what I've always got, and will keep feeling what I always felt." Although this is a true statement it is just another way of saying that you are stuck in a rut. One of the definitions of rut is “A fixed, usually boring routine” If you continue to do the same thing in that rut you will stay in that rut.