How Do You Openly Accept Change?
How Do You Openly Accept Change?
Change is constant in our lives. Whether we plan it or not, our ability to embrace change can significantly impact our well-being and personal growth. Change is not only constant but also unpredictable. It can manifest in various forms: a new job, a loss, a shift in relationships, or an unforeseen circumstance. Change often pushes us out of our comfort zones and forces us to adapt. At times, this adaptation can be a daunting process, causing anxiety and fear.
In this episode, Matt, Corey, and Taylor talk about openly accepting change because change is inevitable. One example would be having a child. How do you prepare for it? No matter how prepared or unprepared you are, there are still times when you’re just going to figure it out. Some didn’t experience changing a diaper before they had a child. You’re just going to figure it out and change the diaper when the baby is in front of you. No one is ever truly prepared to become a parent. You can be over prepared with material things, but 75% of what you have, you won’t be able to use. It’s interesting because we rationally prepare for change, but the reality is, even our preparation can fall short. So, during periods of change within our families, sometimes you just adapt, you improvise, and you figure it out. But what about the other areas of life? How do you openly accept change?
Change is for our good
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” This verse offers encouragement when you’re in the midst of life's swirling changes. It assures us that God is in control and is working for our good. Even when we can't see the bigger picture, His divine purpose is at play. This reminds us to trust in Him, especially when we are grappling with life's uncertainties because He is working things out according to His plan and for our benefit. So, even in the face of life's most daunting changes, our role is to love Him and trust that His purpose will ultimately prevail.
Change is an opportunity to be molded
Even though we may not comprehend why certain changes occur, we can be certain that they serve a greater design. We must understand that change is not simply a disruption or a challenge, but rather an opportunity for God to work in our lives. It is through change that we are molded and shaped to be more like Him. God sees beyond our limitations and knows the depths of our potential, even when we cannot see it ourselves.
Change encourages us to hope
The Bible imparts lessons on how to navigate change with grace and resilience. The story of Joseph, sold into slavery by his own brothers, exemplifies resilience in the face of adversity. Through faith and steadfastness, Joseph rose from captivity to become a trusted advisor to the Egyptian Pharaoh, ultimately saving his family and people from famine. Joseph's story illustrates that even in the most challenging changes of life, God's purpose can shine through, turning what might seem like calamity into blessing. It encourages us to remain hopeful, knowing that even in the darkest hours, there is a divine plan at work.
Change is part of God’s plan
Change is an inescapable part of life. We are urged to see change as an opportunity for growth, to embrace new seasons with faith, and to trust that God's plan is unfolding even when change is at its most challenging. The Bible reminds us that even amidst change, our faith can be an anchor, and our lives can be a testament to the power of transformation from God.
When life's seasons transition from joy to sorrow, from abundance to scarcity, or from solitude to companionship, we are reminded that change is integral to our human existence. Change is not only inevitable but also ordained by God. Whether it's the shifting seasons of nature, the inevitability of aging, or the ebb and flow of personal circumstances, change is an enduring companion on our life's journey. Some changes are chosen, while others are thrust upon us. Either way, change is part of life.
So, how do we openly accept change? By placing our trust in God. We can not only accept change but also view it as an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to trust, and an opportunity to have a closer walk with our Creator. The Bible assures us that every change serves a divine purpose. It encourages us to trust in God's wisdom, love Him steadfastly, and rely on His sovereign plan as we navigate the ever-shifting landscape of our existence. Just like the changing seasons, we too evolve, growing in faith and wisdom while drawing strength from our ever-present God.