Handling Change

Changes are a part of life whether planned or not. And we must make choices for changes to have a positive impact on our lives.

Changes Are Seldon Easy

Many are so addicted to the status quo, to resisting change of any type. That when Big changes like changing jobs, getting married, someone we love passes away we let it destroy or lives.

How much better it would be if we focus on moving ahead instead of dredging up the past. Yes, to some degree it is necessary to grieve what has been lost. But at some point, we begin to sabotage ourselves and the people in our life. It took me years to get to the point where I realized and accepted. I kept dredging up the past- my childhood, the loss of wrong decisions, the loss of my father.

I grieved my father’s death for six years. Why did he have to die, was a question I could not answer.

Once we reach the point of loosening our grip on what was already gone, only then we can move forward and only then we are done being crazy.

Resisting changes that have already or will soon happen will not help us navigate our way through the new normal. You’ve probably heard it said the only sure things in life are death and taxes, I would add change to that list. Change is inevitable.

Change is so hard. Even small changes- like changing your hairstyle can be difficult. The big changes the ones that fill us with excitement, fear, dread, pain, or longing. Those changes whether good or bad, all always hard to accept and adjust to.

Some Things Never Change

While we as humans experience change in our lives over and over, there are some things that never change. These anchors can help us to be strong when the winds of change blow.

God Himself Never Changes

God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says He is the same yesterday and today and forever. Malachi 3:6 says For I, the Lord, do not change. God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change His mind. He will never speak and not act not promise and not fulfill.

God’s purpose for our lives never change. 2 Peter:3-9 lays out God’s chief concern regarding our lived and eternity. God wants us to repent for our sins and have faith in Him this is his desire for every person. However, he will not overrule anyone’s free will to endure that happens. He is deeply grieved over every person who chooses their own way instead of the only way of life. For those who have chosen to follow Jesus. His purposes include so much more. In Jeremiah 29:11 God’s word says For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. In the context of ”future and hope may include hardship and tears but it ends in rejoicing. John 16:33 says In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.

Set some goals in your life, whether it is every hour, every day, every month and then every year. So often in life during those times of change life seems too overwhelming. Focus on your goals what needs to be done today, this morning, this hour. Take it one step at a time. Don’t push yourself to have it all figured out. When big changes happen like you get fired from your job and decide to go to a different church. Or if getting a divorce don’t change jobs even if you hate it. During times of big change, we don’t always think clearly or rationally.

Remember there are always consequences to your actions.

As difficult as life can be, take time to have fun.

God is a foundation on which we must stand. He is the Anchor for our soul. He is something to stand on. Or your foundations will be shake.

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