Last week, I attended a lecture from an author whose writings I enjoy. The lecture was held on the campus of Lipscomb University, which is my alma mater. I arrived at the lecture a few minutes early, because parking can be challenging on the crowded campus. I found a parking spot and began walking across campus including a walk through the student center.
Lipscomb has changed tremendously since Misty and I graduated from there in 1994. It has always had limited parking, but parking has never been as difficult as it is now. New buildings have been constructed where houses in a surrounding neighborhood use to sit. There is now a parking garage on campus where Misty’s former dormitory used to be. The student center has been renovated with a state-of-the-art dining center and several restaurant options including a Starbucks which is consistently crowded with college students. There is now a fountain in the middle of the student square where students are regularly baptized. Lipscomb has a fairly new arena which is larger and has more amenities than McQuiddy Gymnasium which it replaced. The Shinn Center hosted the lecture and it was the first event to be hosted in the center. Lipscomb has changed, continues to change and will change in the future.
There’s a large part of me that misses the old campus. The old gymnasium was a fun place to watch the Lipscomb Bisons play basketball. The pre-renovated student center had a Dairy Queen where we used to gather and hang out between classes. Misty and I spent several evenings in the lobby of her dorm watching football and hanging out with friends. It’s still the Lipscomb campus, but it’s not the same. Part of me wants it to go back to the way it was.
Yet, Lipscomb isn’t going back to the way it was. It is doing well. Enrollment is increasing each year. The new buildings are more efficient and effective in teaching students. Even the student center has been modernized to better serve the students and provide more opportunities for community. There is no reason to go back. The changes they have made are working.
I’m thankful for the changes I am seeing at Lipscomb even though I’m not as comfortable on campus as I once was. But it’s not always about me and shouldn’t be. I need to see the bigger picture and not allow my discomfort to think negatively towards a university that has served me well over the years.
You might be in a situation right now where you are experiencing some changes. It may be at work or at school. It may be a change in your family dynamic. It could be a change in your neighborhood as neighbors have come and gone. Shelbyville has changed, somewhat, in the year and a half that we have lived here. One constant in life is that there will always be change.
If you are going through a season of change, I want to encourage you to look for the good around you. Look for the improvements that are being attempted and open your mind and heart to the change that is occurring. Look to see what God is doing and pray to Him about what you are experiencing. God knows the changes that are occurring in your life, and He who does not change, will be with you through all of your changes.
Change is challenging. Change is uncomfortable. Change occurs in all areas of life. Thank God for His faithfulness in your season of change and wait and see what He is doing. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy the change!