Things certainly have changed in our family this year. I am referring more to the school year rather than 2018. I started a new job on August 20th, which happened to be the first day of school for Olivia. Phyllis also started a new job just prior to the beginning of the school year. These changes brought on a new challenge for getting Olivia to and from school. Not a huge hurdle, but an adjustment none the less. Olivia has made some changes as well. She is now a seventh grade cheerleader. She qualified to be on the athletics squad and will be putting in extra hours for her theater class also. All these changes have really tightened our time schedules. Hearing a recap of who needs to be where at what time and on what day is common in our home.
Changing jobs and adding activities will always affect our schedules. Is that the only change we need to address with life changes? The inferred answer is no, but what are some other changes that might be expected? With new jobs comes new learning. New people, procedures, expectations and computer software, all have to be learned. And new learning always opens the door to new pressures, which have the possibility of seeping into the parts of life that haven’t changed. I think of these job changes as the easy ones. They will smooth out soon enough. What about Olivia’s changes? Seventh grade!! You know what that means, right? TEENAGER, Eeeek!!! Yep, she will turn 13 this school year. Now throw in the cheerleading, athletics and theater and you have all the ingredients for an atomic bomb. How are we, the parents, going to keep that thing from exploding all over the place? More change; our baby girl is growing up and treating and teaching her the same as we did just two years ago is not going to cut it. That “Independence” gene is growing like a weed in Phyllis’ garden and somebody best tend to it before it’s out of control. As our children change, physically, actively and mentally, parents must change also. Our teaching methods cannot be so black and white. Teenage minds demand understanding. They want answers that have more meat than, “Because I said so.” What happens to teenagers that do not get the needed answers from home? They will get them somewhere else. They will soak in whatever the “somewhere else” is providing, and believe me, “somewhere else” is always willing to put in the extra time.
How do we, adults and children, cope with all the changes in a changing world? The answer is stability. We have to find stability in the midst of change. Jesus is that stability. The Bible gives us answers to all the changes in our lives. Although it doesn’t read like an instruction book with exact references for our current changes, all the answers are there for those willing to dig, to put in the extra time.