“I don’t even know what normal is anymore.” This was a comment made during breakfast a few mornings ago. Nothing else was said. After 24 years of marriage, sometimes silence speaks louder.
I like normal (whatever that is) and I certainly don’t like it disrupted. Not many people do. However, if you’re alive you better except change. Life is often just one change after another. A move, a change in careers, the death of a loved one, a new school, a change in your health, a financial change, or becoming a new parent (just to name a few) are all major life changes that can be hard and scary at times. But, just because change is hard it doesn’t mean that good cannot come from it. There is truth here that even I need to remind myself of – change is good.
Change grows us. Without change, there is no growth. It doesn’t matter if you are a child, a leader, or a company, to grow there must be seasons of change. What area of your life needs growth? I know that God is constantly growing me in my faith and knowledge of Him (2 Peter 3:18). Growth like this is often hard, but always rewarding.
Change keeps life interesting. Normal is comfortable, but it’s also boring! Change can keep us on our toes. It can keep us sharp. We can use the interesting aspect of a life change to minister to others who are walking down the same path. One of the most common mistakes we make when going through a change is to stay self-focused. Try focusing on others instead. It will keep life interesting.
Change is better than regret. Sure, change is hard, but it’s also essential to life. We are often faced with changes that need to be made, yet hesitate on making them because of fear. Jim Rohn said, “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” Which one would you rather suffer?
Change is going to happen anyway, so embrace it. That’s right, it’s better to embrace change than to fight it. Once embraced you can move forward, focusing on the future. Don’t build a wall when the winds of change blow, instead build a windmill! You will never be productive by looking back and holding on to the past. Learn from the past then move on. Embrace change.
Change makes us dependent on the One who never changes. When life throws changes out left and right I’m reminded to cling to the Rock, that stable foundation in my life that never moves. “For I am the LORD, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6) He is the one steady thing in my life. His Word is truth. His ways are right. His mercy endures forever. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Being dependent upon Him is always a good thing.
Leave a comment and share what changes are you going through right now and how they are changing you for the better?