Psalm 105:4

Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always.

One moment you’re a beloved wife or husband and then things change…

One moment you’re a loving parent and then things change…

One moment you’re a valuable employee and then things change…

Things change. There’s an old saying that says only two things are guaranteed in life…death and taxes. I’ll add a third to that list…change. Change is inevitable. Sometimes the changes are good, sometimes not so good, and sometimes tragic.

Life can be difficult. In fact, it can be heart-breaking. Sometimes the unthinkable happens.

When things change… we have a choice.

To let the change defeat us…to become bitter…angry…the list could go on and on. Or we can choose to trust God. We can continue to seek his face.

I heard a song this week for the first time. One line in the song says God is a good, good father. We either believe this or we don’t! If we don’t believe it, that’s when we let our circumstances overcome us. If we do believe it, we overcome our circumstances.

When things change…we have a choice.

I’m not saying it’s easy, because it’s not! I know this because life changed for me in 2012 when I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. It’s not been an easy journey, and, in fact, I struggle on a daily basis with their aftereffects. But still I can sing God is a good, good father…and mean it!

When things change…we have a choice.

Right now, one of my favorite country music acts is facing their own changes. Joey + Rory is a country music duo that has made God a part of their music and their daily life. Joey was diagnosed with cancer for the second time last year. They’ve chosen to share their journey in a very public way with their fans through Rory’s blog, This Life I Live at

He’s done it with honesty, sharing their pain as well as their triumphs. But through it all, they’ve made the choice to honor God, no matter what the outcome.  They are an amazing example of trusting God—in the good times and the bad. I believe their choice to share their journey is making a positive impact on many other people’s spiritual journeys.

My point in tell you a bit about Joey + Rory’s story is that even in difficult circumstances, they are making a choice to glorify God. And isn’t that what life is really all about?

When things change…we have a choice.