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'Changing Lanes Required'

Author: 
Bill Hayden, Pastor, Villages Chapel
Date Published: 
Friday, January 24, 2020

     There was a time in our lives when we took things for granted because we felt more in control and that we could do as we desired within limitations. Some of us could dance the night away and the next morning put in a full day’s work with no problem because of our strength, flexibility, and endurance. Needless to say, there would be situations that required a quick response whether we felt good, bad, or indifferent about the choices. You could say that we had the gusto and we could run and change lanes with the best of them.

     As Father Time continues to count down on the things that we are able to do with ease, some of us realized that we had to shift our gears and change lanes. At some point, you may have to make an adjustment that calls for a different set of friends. When you come to realize that some of the friends you have enjoy burning the candle at both ends rather than pursuing healthy and loftier goals.

     Each year of our lives calls for a different shift in behavior and hopefully for the better. Changes are occurring around us at a very rapid pace and we are challenged to stay current with the times while changing lanes when appropriate. If we don’t keep up, it can cause a person to think less of themselves and stop connecting with others. It seems the longer we live, the greater the challenges; especially physical, mental, social, technological, and other areas.

     Life will cause you to change your focus if you want to maintain a good quality of life. When we were more physically fit we could afford to take more risks and bounce back quickly. But as we age, changing lanes is more difficult. A simple cold can linger for weeks and cause other complications. The time comes when we can no longer afford to ignore or neglect the early warnings of changes in our daily abilities. Taking regular inventory should be a common practice because no one enjoys running out of gas or oil when a simple fluid checkup could have avoided a sudden malfunction.

     When you have the insight and reasonable strength within you, it is wise to make the appropriate shift and change lanes in your life because you can’t recapture those former years. The longer we live, the more time we have been given to think and make good choices on bhow we want the story of our lives to be told by others.

     Let’s live life to the fullest with joy, and change lanes when needed, rather than living with sorrow and regret. WE can make our time here memorable, so that when your name is mentioned, it brings a smile to the faces of others. Proverbs 22:1-2 NKJV 1 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” 2 “The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all.” 

     It’s time for a lane change!

     You are cordially invited to join us Sundays at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium at 10:00AM to be encouraged over the word and, after, a cup of coffee and cookies. The Chapel is a place for needs to met, faith to be affirmed, and people to love. We would love to meet you and establish a lasting friendship. If you would like to make an appointment with Pastor Bill, please call the office at 408-238-3079. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel, visit our website at www.villagescommunitychapel.org.