Change happens. Fall reminds me of this, as the weather is changing here, in many places leaves are changing colors, even attitudes and expectations are changing. I love this time of year that goes from my birthday in the beginning of October through Christmas and New Year.
Our lives are filled with changes and transitions. From the moment we are conceived, we are transitioning through life. We don’t even know that many of these transitions are happening to us.
But there are also transitions that happen and changes that happen that we are well aware of. It can be moving to a new place, graduating from high school, changing jobs, or any number of things. But many times we have a chance to see those transitions coming on the horizon. The question is, how do we react to those changes?
Do we resist change, or do we embrace it? Do we move slowly toward the newness, or do we try to hold on to the comfortable and known? Both are equally valid options. The problem is, resisting change most of the time is futile. Change is inevitable. So what do we do with change? Here are some principles that have helped me with the many changes in my life.
God doesn’t change. (James 1:17; Malachi 3:6) The Bible teaches us that He is always the same.
God doesn’t move. (Matthew 28:20; Joshua 1:5) He promises to always be with us in the change.
It’s okay to be scared. It is natural to resist the unknown.
It’s okay to miss the comfortable. It is natural to want to go back to “the good old days”.
I have grown accustomed to change. It is a natural part of my life. Things are constantly changing, and I must learn how to adapt to these changes in order to survive. It doesn’t make it any easier to go through changes, and I am constantly remembering the way things were before, but I also know that many times, great things are the result of changes that are made in our lives.
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