Keep It Moving

“For in him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28

The Masai, a nomadic people of East Africa, vividly illustrate the importance of reevaluating your position from time to time and knowing when to move on. On the move all year long, the Masai live mostly on the meat and milk of their herds. They stay in one place as long as the rain lasts. Natural ecologists, they leave an area before its resources are totally depleted and return after the land has had time to recover. 

Sadly, this aspect of the Masai lifestyle may soon be a thing of the past. Governments are encouraging the Masai to settle in one area. But when the land is exhausted and the herds start to die, the Masai often find themselves forced to sell their land and find a new home. The Masai are herdsmen, not farmers. The grasslands they need are not easily bordered by fences and they have no tradition of planting or irrigation. 

Most of us do not farm or have herds that need grazing land. But we do live lives that sometimes deplete all the “resources” a particular job or position can give us. Often we grow beyond the challenge a job provides, or we develop our skills to a level that they are no longer challenged – or rewarded – in the only position available to us. Then too, doing the same thing for a long period of time is not only exhausting to the body, but also to the mind and spirit. A time comes when we need to “move on.” Certainly, the children of Israel knew this as they wandered in the wilderness. They were led by a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. When the pillar began to move, so did they! (See Nehemiah 9:12) 

We can each use a periodic evaluation. Every now and then, we need to look at what we are doing and ask ourselves if it isn’t time to find a constructive way to move on to new challenges, a new position, or a new career. 

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