There is one fact in life that we all know to be true and that is everything must change; nothing stays the same. From the moment we are born we are changing. Our mind and bodies grow and develop as we mature into an adult. We move to different places, the school year ends, we take a job or we change jobs until the day we retire which is a long anticipated change for many. Seasons change; winter turns into spring, spring into summer and summer into fall. The people around us also change. We watch our children grow and become adults on their own. Our friends, come and go and while all of these changes are going on, the world we know is constantly changing. We wish things would stay the same but change will come, whether we want it to or not.
The question becomes how do we cope with change? Just because we are living in a changing environment, we must not become overwhelmed by change. Change per se is neither good nor bad; it’s what we make of it. Change brings opportunities for growth, for learning, for real happiness. We should not fear change but attempt to find out the greater purpose that can come about through it. Maybe a change is necessary to keep you from doing things your way to doing things the way God would have you do them. So, why not meet change with a positive attitude and an open mind?
It’s not what happens to you in life that determines your future. It is how you respond to what happens that determines your future. Analyze what your thoughts, plans, and goals are. Do they line up with the vision and destiny God has planned for your life? If not, renew your mind. Allow God’s vision to become your vision. If handling change is difficult for you, pray the Serenity Prayer and ask God to “grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change; the courage to change the things you can and the wisdom to know the difference.” When you change what you believe from I can’t to I can, you open the door for God to cover your weakness with His strength. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Remember, the life God has planned for you is bigger and better than the one you are living now!