Open to Change

What are some constants in life? Isn’t that saying, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes? Well, add change to that list!

Change is huge for humans. In general, we don’t handle it well. We do in some circumstances and we don’t sometimes, but mostly we’re struggling to keep things the way they are and we naturally resist.

You know what I don’t like to change? I hope that self checkout never goes away. There’s no plans to obviously, but I enjoy being able to check out my own things for two reasons. 1) I feel like I can get whatever I want and the cashier wouldn’t be judging me silently on what I got. Maybe I want chicken and bacon and then a tube of toothpaste. Come at me! 😁 2) It honestly brings back memories of my childhood. Did you know that I used to want to work at a grocery store just so I can use a register and bag items? I had that whole setup as a kid, FOR SURE, and it was awesome – except I had no one to play with so I was the customer and and cashier.

That’s a pretty lame example, but sometimes if a store doesn’t have self-checkout, I feel a little bummed. This same thing happens with other things in our life. They’re really small things that we get hung up on, too, that we resist and we want them to stay the same.

A recent (and very personal) example of change is getting a license in Oklahoma. Just a few years ago I could go to the tag agency at any time and get what I needed. I might stand in a short line, but I could easily walk in and get out same day to get a license. Now? Might as well book an appointment online 6+ months in advance… things are not the same and I’m struggling over here!! I ordered my license renewal online for the first time in my life and I’m nervous it’ll be incorrectly done… We shall see.

CHANGE. What a lovely word.

I’d probably prefer change in like coin or paper cash form. Change in a real life difference kind of change? Nah fam.

Perhaps how we handle change is related to our open mindedness to it.

Are you open to changes in your life?

Change has come up in my Change Champions course (obviously 😅) and I was thinking about applying it to more than just work life.

For us to grow and become perfected over the course of our lives by God, we have to be willing and open to change. That’s an actual fact!

I’ve experienced the resistance before and change is so hard sometimes. Holding onto what we know and what makes us comfortable is so easy and desirable. There’s so many changes in life as it is, why can’t I just stay the same?

Honestly, as things around us change, it’s changing us anyway – we probably just don’t realize or take in those small day to day changes.

It’s important to realize that we must change. We can’t stay where we are forever and we can’t continue to be who we’ve always been just because it’s who I am or that’s my personality type. Did you know that every personality type has strengths and weaknesses, inherently giving you things to improve on and areas for growth? Imagine that!

If you’d like to dig deeper into personality types and having more information about those strengths, weaknesses, etc. I would recommend the book Working Together by Olaf Isachsen and Linda Berens.

Growth comes with change. This could be shedding some bad habits. Adding new habits. Maybe flossing more, I don’t know!

Change is what drives us, yet it’s also a major thing in life we resist.

We have to change. There’s One who does not, though.

God does not change. He is who we can depend on to be the same day after day, year after year. He’s perfect in every way possible. His ways are perfect and are unchanging. His Word is the same as well – yet another thing we can depend on.

Because He is unchanging and is outside of our realm of knowledge and understanding, we can depend on Him even more.

For I the Lord do not change, therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Malachi 3:6

God’s character and eternal purposes remain constant. How He responds is constant as well. You can trust Him to not only respond, but His response is for your good! It may not be what you want, but He can be trusted to provide and guide you through all of life’s challenges (and changes).

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

God’s character never changes. Nothing in this world is truly good unless it comes from above (from Him).

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

Has he said, and will be not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Numbers 23:19

For another reference here, look at Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18.

We can have confidence that what God has promised will occur. It’s against God’s perfect character to lie or deceive us (as humans do).

God promises change because change may cause our suffering, our growth to begin/occur and pushes our endurance further.

Thank you for reading a post that ended up much longer than I thought it would be when I started. 🙂

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