I have a million-dollar question for you: What is the six-letter word that is most feared and resisted today?
Do you have it? I’ll give you a few more seconds.
The word is C H A N G E! Would you not agree?
Recently a friend sent me a slide that said the Psychology of Change. In this time and space of the year 2023, I found what was being said very familiar. See what you think.
Here are some of the questions:
What was wrong with the way we were?
What’s going to happen to me?
How do we decide to make this change?
Does it sound familiar, as we have seen more and more workplaces, churches, stores, restaurants, and the like, fully reopen? If you are not experiencing any of this, then Thank God!
Change involves ending something, transitioning, and then beginning something new. We wouldn’t have any beautiful flowers or trees if the change process didn’t happen in their GROWTH PROCESS. So it is for us: growth can only take place with change and all of its challenges, as painful as they may seem.
Some changes are easier than others. No chocolate ice cream? Okay I’ll take butter pecan.
How do I re-enter my church? Is a little bit different, or how I attend an event and with how many people?
How do we get through this change?
First, we need to notice that change is really happening, next to embrace the doubt that goes along with it and then finally step through the fear of a new beginning. What kind of flowers would we have if they all remained seeds, or trees if they remained acorns?
During these challenging times we are asked to trust in God’s plan, just as the Apostles were once asked. Remember the story when they were caught in the raging storm at sea? Experts at fishing in calm waters, it was hard for them to experience the storm with Jesus right there ignoring it. They became afraid of the change and yet they had the source of all life with them. It wasn’t until they asked for His help that the storm subsided, and their fear disappeared. Their attitude changed; they were slowly beginning to come to know who He was and how He was the calm in their life.
This week, look at some of the changes you have had to make, both big and small. Pray over them, recognize them, and then ask God to help you through the changes that are happening, whether we want them to or not.
Fear not for Jesus will calm the storm of that feared word CHANGE.
Till next week,