The Herald Bulletin

March 21, 2014

Verna Davis: Embrace the changes, continue the learning process

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Here's a truth that I can't escape: Things change.

For instance, when I looked at my face first thing this morning (an activity I don't recommend for any woman over the age of 25), I saw some changes. There were more wrinkles and sagging skin than there were yesterday. And although it didn't used to be, my skin is now as dry and scaly as an alligator. The condition of my face has changed so much that I should start buying wrinkle-reducing creams and moisturizing body lotions in bulk.

Things have changed so much that now, when I buy shoes, comfort trumps style. I've changed so much that my arthritic hip is jealous of the attention I give to my arthritic knees, I can't sleep more than three hours at a time, my bladder is shrinking, my hormones are raging, I can't drink caffeine after supper, and my breakfast cereal of choice is the one with the most fiber.

Our bodies sure do change, don't they? Eyes, ears, memories, bladders, hips and knees weaken. Hair stops growing on our heads and starts growing on female chins and upper lips and male ears and noses. We must gain the wisdom to know that life is going to throw curves at us, even if we end up sitting on most of them.

The thing is, the only thing in life that is constant is change. Nothing remains the same. The earth revolves every day, making time pass and things change, and we can't do a thing to make changes stop. So, we'd better learn to make peace with change. I don't think we have much choice.

Jesus spoke a lot about change. His whole life on earth was about change. He taught us to change our hate to love, our anger to forgiveness, our criticism to compassion. He taught us we can change things through love and prayer and forgiveness. He changed the world so much, it has never been the same. Jesus wants us to change every day, to change from the way we were, to the way He wants us to be. Following Jesus is all about change. Change from darkness to light, from confusion to focus, from death to life.

Jesus's Word teaches: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Then why are we so grouchy? Why do we worry and complain? Why don't we pray more than two or three minutes at a time? Is it because we are too old to be taught? Too old to change?

Jesus's Word teaches: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32). Why are we cruel towards others with our words? Why do we hold grudges and lack forgiveness? Is it because we are too old to be taught? Too old to change?

Jesus's Word teaches: "Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights," (Proverbs 18:22, The Message). Hmmm. I think I see some changes coming!

Verna Davis, author and speaker, lives in Frankton. She can be reached at