Something's Gotta Change . . . Hard Questions For The Rowing Team
The Metamorphyx Journey — Part IV
If you’ve been hanging around Metamorphyx for a few years, you may have seen this. It’s one of those “pictures worth a thousand words.” Twenty years ago when I first captured it, I used it as the first slide in a PowerPoint briefing with my business client’s executive team. They were talking culture change from the board room . . . but failing to lead the change initiative with any practical modeling of the new future.
If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, I shouldn’t need to say much. But allow me to say this: the journey from life experience to life purpose passes directly through the high ground of life change. Most people on the journey of life know that, but when life change calls, many squelch its voice. Why? “The conflict is waged over turning our natural life into a spiritual life,” says Oswald Chambers. “One’s natural life has no Creator guiding the journey; a spiritual one does.” So in the life application clip of this scene—these buff men on the rowing team are destined to lose the race because they prefer their natural tennis rackets to spiritual oars.
This parallel to life change in our hearts and minds rings truer than most of us care to admit. Sure, Romans 12:2 gives us the compelling mandate for life change, “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” But we love to guard our personal choices and autonomy even when it’s clear we’re losing the race.
Think about that in the context of personal habits, behaviors, and prejudices that have gone unchanged and unchallenged in our lives for years . . . maybe even decades! What confrontation(s) demand an apology or release of some well-honed and practiced arrogance? What in our set of beliefs must we challenge and change, but we regularly shove the decision into next week’s agenda? What personal behaviors lead us where we shouldn’t go . . . and then become habits which in the light of day shame us? What pivot points in life demand meaningful life change and a new future?
In truth, we may find it very easy to recognize pivot points in the lives of others. But more importantly, are we able to answer these questions in our own?
Is there a secret to life change? No, not at all . . . just a focus on the life purpose race that God has marked out for us while “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).