“Change does not roll in
on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.
And so we must strengthen our backs
and work for our freedom.
A man can’t ride you
unless your back is bent.”
~ Martin Luther King ~
In the last 24 hours I’ve seen this quote posted in 2 different publications. Makes me think that many people, myself included, recognize that change (personal, cultural, political, global, etc.) is desired. We recognize it because we are sufficiently uncomfortable with the reality of our current existence. So, maybe you, like me, have jumped on the wave of that awareness, hoping for change.
To choose Christ… to be a Christian, is to choose a life of constant change. We are constantly being transformed. We are perpetually changing. It’s the nature of what it means to be in relationship with God. God sees us complete in Christ. In the confines of time that change plays out…..sealed and finished in the Heavenlies, in process here in the seen. It’s a reality that our minds cannot grasp, yet it is as sure as anything you can touch and feel.
But change is not for the faint of heart. That is why Dr. King’s quote hits a core place in me. Breaking cycles of behavior requires diligence. It requires resolve. It requires patience, for myself, for others, for the process itself. And, it’s a path I must be content to travel with few, if any companions. In other words, this must be a non negotiable, “Come with me. Don’t come with me. I have to walk this path.”
let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us