If You're Not Flexible, You'll Break

Have you ever heard the phrases:
 - “We’ll just go with the flow” 
 - “We’ll just see what happens”
 - “Just be prepared for ‘whatever’ ” 
 - “Just be flexible” 

I have to admit that these are phrases I use fairly regularly. 
In fact, a large portion of the ministry opportunities I get to be a part of have this element to them. 
We do our part to prepare, plan and practice, but the reality is, there is alway the element of the unknown. 
As a result, I am constantly telling people I serve with: 
 - “Be flexible” 
 - “Be prepared for change” 
 - “Be prepared to just go with it” 
And to be honest, I am a personality type who can handle that. 
I am very much the type who will say: 
“Well, that’s life." 
"Things happen." 
"Just adjust and move forward.” 
And I will admit those of us who are naturally flexible need to learn to have patience with those who aren’t.
But this is not to say that there aren’t times when I get stressed, nervous, discouraged or what-have-you. These feelings come quite often :)
But what I have realized, and am continuing to learn, is that flexibility is a must-have in this life. 
There are constantly going to be “situations” that arise...
Car trouble. 
Financial struggles.
Stress at home.
Things just not seeming to come together as planned or hoped.

Chances are, somebody is going to ask you to do something you aren’t expecting.
Something is going to come up that you weren’t planning on.
Something is not going to go the way you want. 
It is at these points that flexibility must find it’s way into our lives.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that things will, in some form or another, work out.
Romans 8:28  
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV) 
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (The Message)… 
There are going to be tough times. 
There are going to be days where we don’t want to keep moving forward. 
When it seems like everything is crashing down. 
When things don’t make sense (see John 16:33).
But the good news is that when we decide that no matter what, we are going to put our faith and hope in the God of love, hope and peace, we can be sure that “every detail in our lives is worked into something good”. 
In other words, everything will work out…will be ok.
However, we must do our part. 
The key to the above verse is “in our lives of love for God”.
We have to decide that we are going to be for God. 
And it is when we come to this decision that God then takes our seemingly overwhelming situation and turns it into something good.
"If you’re not flexible, you’ll break.”
Somebody told me this not too long ago. 
How true it is! 
Decide today that you’re going to be someone who is willing to be flexible. 
Willing to adjust to whatever life throws at you. 
Willing to sacrifice out of love for God and people.
All the while knowing that no matter what the situation, circumstance, opposition…
When you decide that you are going to be someone whose life is lived out of “love for God,” “every detail in your life is worked into something good”. 

“If you’re not flexible, you’ll break.”

Be flexible today.


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