There is a current trend on social media called the “Ten Year Challenge”. It instructs you to post a picture of you or your family from ten years ago and a current picture. The purpose is to share with your friends and family how much you have physically changed over the past ten years. It’s been interesting to witness the changes in people’s appearance over the past decade. Some have aged rather significantly while others look just like they did ten years ago. (Where is that fountain of youth?) Families have grown, kids have grown up and it’s obvious that much has changed in ten years.
As I have thought about this challenge, I have wondering what else has changed in ten years other than our physical appearance. Are people being kinder than they were ten years ago? Are people more generous with their time, talents and money? Are people loving and serving their neighbors more? Are they praying more regularly and spending much needed time with God? Are they studying and meditating upon scripture more often? Are they worshipping and sharing life with a church family on a deeper basis than they were a decade ago? Are they exhibiting the “fruits of the Spirit” such as gentleness, kindness, joy, patience and love regularly in their lives? Have they grown in their love and commitment to God in the past decade and is that love transforming their relationships with others and their ambitions in life?
This is the transformation that matters. It’s important to take care of our physical bodies and live a healthy life, but our bodies are going to age. Our bodies are temporary. They were not created to be eternal. Our spirits are the most essential part of who we are. They are the eternal part of us. If we are not growing deeper into our relationship with God and letting Him transform our lives, we are missing the intent of why we were created. We were created to reflect His love and kindness. We were created to share His grace and compassion with a hurting world. We were created to love our neighbor as ourselves. This is the transformation that we should be seeking in our lives.
Ten years brings a lot of change. As you reflect upon your life, what has changed in ten years? Are you experiencing growth and transformation in your relationship with God? Are you more connected to your church family and serving and worshipping alongside them? Are your friends and family seeing you reflecting Christ more often as you have grown in your love and discipleship with Him? What has changed in your relationship with God in the past ten years?
The “Ten Year Challenge” is a fun social media activity. It reveals what changes have occurred in the past ten years. But these changes are not the changes that reflect our eternity. These changes occur in the heart, soul and mind. These changes reveal what is happening in our relationship with God. Let me challenge you to reflect upon how you have changed spiritually in the past ten years. For these changes, are the changes that reflect upon our relationship with God. Take this Ten Year Challenge. What do you see?