I am a person of roots and routine. Are you?
Do you grieve when it’s time to leave one community for another, because emotional attachments have grown deep?
Do you take comfort in familiar routine, because you can move forward with confidence?
Then you’ll understand this statement: I am a person who struggles with change.
So this post is for me, to review what I know about accepting–even celebrating–change. You’re welcome to read over my shoulder.
First and foremost: I need to be selective of vocabulary, even in my thoughts. Thoughts impact attitudes; attitudes impact soul and spirit. For example:
- Instead of change, I need to speak of the circumstances as an adventure.
- Instead of problem, I should say possibility.
- Instead of challenge, I can call the situation an opportunity.
Such a small commitment, really. But retooling my word-choices could have a profound impact on my spirit.
First, the change I don’t want to embrace takes on a glowing, new aura when I rename it adventure—the adventure of participating with God to bring about his good purpose (Romans 8:28). Such thinking would surely foster excitement!
Second, the problem I see is nothing compared to the possibilities God is capable of. “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (Ephesians 3:20, The Message)! As I consider the possibilities, hope and anticipation will flourish.
Third, the challenge I find so uncomfortable will undoubtedly provide opportunity to see God’s power and provision at work. Perhaps I’ll witness a whole string of God-engineered events. Or, the power and provision may occur in me, as he molds my personality and spirit into a more Christ-like version. (That is even more miraculous!) And who would turn aside from seeing—even participating in—a miracle?
It begins with my words.
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This might sound strange to some, but thank you, Father, for the uncomfortable changes, challenges, and disappointments you’ve brought into my life. Not one of them was without purpose. Forgive me for the times I have fretted about how circumstances would turn out. How easy it is for me to forget that you hold all things in your hands.
May I anticipate the adventure, the possibilities, and the opportunities of each day, NO MATTER WHAT, because you are by my side–my all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. Thank you for the promise that you WILL fill me completely with joy and peace as I trust in you. Then I can overflow with hope (Romans 15:13).
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