If there is one constant in our lives it is change. Think about it. The weather is continually changing. That’s a minor change compared to the major changes that come along. Changes like relocation, kids leaving home, health issues, death of loved ones, or the loss of a job or career. How about the demise of a dream? These monumental events often change our lives forever.
Change, however, is not always a negative. Think about the good changes. Marriages, new houses, new jobs, doors of opportunity, births and babies. These are all wonderful events that also cause the stress of change.
Change is unavoidable whether it is large or small, negative or positive. Football coach Lou Holtz reminds us that “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” Part of that response is based on our personality.
As a melancholy choleric I don’t like change. Change alters my plans. It interferes with my orderly scheduled life. It strips me of control.
Moving to Albuquerque was a huge change for me. It was the first time I moved on my own. Previously, I had always moved with my family or my husband. Suddenly I was thrust into a situation where I had to do it on my own. Here are five lessons I learned as I made that enormous change in my life.
1. Change is opportunity, a harbinger for possibilities. Moving to Albuquerque was hard for me, but God has opened new doors of ministry for me here. He’s surrounded me with wonderful friends and colleagues.
2. Change forces us to move. For me it was a geographic move. It was also a move forward in my life. Losing a spouse can leave you in a rut of uncertainty and depression. The change of moving helped me get on with my life.
3. Change is easier to embrace than resist. I knew that God was in this change and while I don’t like change, I have learned that it is much easier to accept God’s plan and do what HE asks.
4. Change is adventure. I was not necessarily looking for adventure in my life, but moving to Albuquerque brought it in the form of hot air balloons, mountain peaks, and green chili. This is true whenever you move, whether a new neighborhood, a new city, a new state, or even a new country you will find adventure waiting for you.
5. Change is learning. Learning is growing. Growing is living. We never know the number of days we have on earth. I want to learn, grow, and live until that very last day.
Many times, change is unexpected. Sometimes it arrives at the most inopportune times. As believers, we need to believe that God has every minute of every day of our lives planned. We must trust and obey.
I felt very much like Abraham in Genesis Chapter 12 when God called him to go to a place that He would show him. I knew it was God calling me to a new place, a new life, and ultimately a new walk with Him.
What is God calling you to today? Just recently I talked with one of our CLASS alumni who shared with me that she is going to have to make some changes. Will she embrace them or resist them? I wonder.
Change is unavoidable. It’s scary. But it will open doors of possibility, expand your horizons and lead you closer to your Savior.
"Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory."
- Warren Wiersbe