Changing With Change

Change.

What comes to mind when you hear the word change?

What do you think about when you contemplate change? What rolls around in your cerebrum when you consider change in life?

I know what I think about change: life changes, and initially, most of us, including yours truly, aren’t too fond of change.

Change happens. Change is part and parcel of life.

Wise Solomon makes that very clear in the Bible.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 testifies to the fact the change is inevitable. There is a time to live, and a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to fight and a time to make peace. A time to plant, a time to harvest. Sounds like change to me.

If you don’t think change happens, look in the mirror. I see Steve Roll in the reflective glass. But I must honestly say the guy I have known for sixty-six years and counting looks different than he used to. Of course I am still an incredibly handsome hunk of a man if I may say so myself!

In my spirit, I feel like twenty-five, but my maturing (aging!) body appears a tad bit older! Auburn, brown hair has given way to a crown of glorious gray locks (which I am proud of), once baby smooth skin now exhibits deep life lines and crevasses that betray high mileage living.  And, well, let’s say the scale is in a weight zone I swore I would never enter! I think you get the picture.    

On a more serious side, I counsel on a daily basis with precious people undergoing life changes. Some of the changes are pleasant. Good. Positive. Beneficial. But most are unpleasant, unsettling and certainly challenging. 

Whether change is positive or negative, welcome or unwelcome, change upsets the proverbial apple cart, rocks our life boat, threatens our comfort zones, and shakes up our expectations. Some changes are necessary and ultimately good for us.

But not every change is good change. Life can toss you and me some pretty nasty curve balls!

Changes beyond our control. Health changes. Wealth changes. Relationship changes. Career changes. Culture changes. Mid-life changes. End of life changes. Change never leaves life the same.

Changing with change successfully is a challenge all of us will face throughout our lives. 

The good news about changing with change is that God never changes.

When change crashes into your life, as it will, God is the one constant that can be counted on. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you. O sons of Jacob, you are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6). Micah 7:8 declares “God delights in unchanging love” and Hebrews 13:8 states “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and yes forever.”

Because God and His love never changes, He can help us change with change. Change may rattle our cage for a moment. But God is never rattled! The Lord knows how to navigate us successfully through the changing seas of our faith journey.

GOD CHANGE IS GOOD CHANGE!

When God is in it, change is good for you and me.

Changing With Change Successfully

  • Accept the fact that life changes from time to time. Don’t be intimidated by change. Instead, invite it into your life. 
  • Change can be positive for us. Look for the good hidden within the change. Trust God for good change that He wills for your life. Talk to God about changes you are going through. Get His take on the changes confronting you.
  • Change for the sake of change is seldom wise. Negative change, changing for the wrong reason, can be disastrous.  Never make changes just because it might be cool to change.
  • Changes are neither final or fatal.  Change will require choices and decisions that determine our destiny. Rest assured you and I will not die making changes!
  • Changes that you and I have no control over test our character. Respond, never react, to changes that you are powerless to influence. Remember: you can control your attitude when the winds of change blow into your life
  • Make the changes God would have you make whether or not others would make the change you believe you should. It is your life. Make the choices and changes you should make for you and your family, not somebody else. 
  • Trust God for change. Jesus Christ is Lord of changes and transitions to those who believe that He has their best interest at heart. Put your faith solely and solidly in His plan for you that includes change.
  • Thank God for past changes that benefited you. Also thank Him for current and future changes that are His will for your life. 

Change never leaves life the same.

It is up to you and me to make life changes work for us. When a “new normal” supplants “normal”, with God’s help, you and I can change with change, moving forward to continue to fulfill God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for our lives.

So my friend, what are you going to do the next time change visits you?

A Word For Your Week:
Change with change when it comes knocking on your door.