Grace For Change

This post is written by contributing writer, Justyn from Creative Christian Mama.

All of my life I was certain that I didn’t like gardening. I hadn’t ever actually tried it, but it just seemed like a boring, tedious activity. After our first daughter was born I had the inexplicable urge to grow my own tomatoes, herbs and veggies. We built several raised beds and filled them full of seedlings. Guess what. I love gardening! There is something so peaceful and rejuvenating about it. There is a sense of accomplishment when you serve food grown in your own garden. Teaching our girls about how God made the plants and why the bees like the blossoms- those are some of my favorite summer memories with our eldest!

Imagine all I would have missed if I hadn’t allowed myself the grace to change. I think we all get stuck, sometimes, in our understanding of who we each are. We say things like, “I’ll never..” or “I’ll always…” or “I don’t like…” Unless we’re talking about a moral issue, there is no good reason to hold so tightly to those things. We are defined, to an extent, by what makes us unique. That doesn’t mean that we have to spend the rest of our lives doing, being, liking and disliking only one set of things. God gave us so much freedom and variety that we miss out on when we cling to who we’ve “always been.”

A dear friend of mine grew up “hating” pretty much all foods except for a few. After she married, she babysat a very picky little eater. Her eyes were opened to how silly she was being in refusing to try anything other than her favorite foods. What did she do? She went out for sushi! My sweet, brave friend discovered that she absolutely loves sushi! She has continued to try new foods and has discovered many other delicious treats she had been missing out on.

When my hubby and I got married ten years ago, I never would have imagined this person that I’ve become. I have changed so much and I hope to continue on this adventure, rather than getting stuck in reruns. Trying new things, going new places, meeting new people… these are the things that make life fascinating and exciting. When we hunker down in our comfort zones, we miss more than we know.

What are the “gardens” and “sushi” in your life? What are some things that are outside of your comfort zone? What areas have you been idling rather than exploring all the beautiful blessings God offers us? Could you try a new hobby, eat a new food or go to a new event? Could you change your routine or make a new friend?

I’d like to challenge you and myself to allow grace for change.

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