Believe it or not, change is a hard pill to swallow for many people. I used to be one of those people. I didn’t like it. In fact, I hated it. I avoided it. Truthfully, I was afraid of it. Why? Why do we often find comfort in things staying the same? This was a question I had to ask myself and I challenge you to do to the same.
I remember in June of last year when I received an offer for a brand-new job. A job that was unexpected, but one that I had been secretly praying would come for quite some time. One would have thought I was excited and extremely eager to take the opportunity and run with it. Yes, a piece of me was, but an even BIGGER piece was terrified of the change. I had become so comfortable at my old job – complacent really. I knew everyone, I had built office relationships, I had my very own desk space, a coffee mug that only I pretty much used in the break room, and so on. I didn’t know what it was going to look and feel like if I let all of that go. Here I was at a pivotal moment in my life where God was giving me something I had asked him for and yet, I was asking myself – do I really want this? Do I even deserve it?
In addition, thoughts of fear, doubt and anxiety began to creep into my mind. It was new job with new responsibilities, a new boss, and new co-workers. Could I even do the job and do it correctly? I began to doubt myself and my capabilities to handle this change. Do you ever find yourself doing this as well?
Long story short – I had to let go of that fear of change and embrace the new journey that God had presented to me so clearly. Crazy part is, this was a GOOD change. I love where I am currently and I would have never known this experience if I did not embrace the change that was taking place in my life.
As many of us know, not all change appears to be good. I like to look at it as if it’s just a little more difficult to see what good can come out of what feels like a not so good (or difficult) change. For instance, this past year, I had to let go of a friendship, I stepped down from leading my health and wellness ministry at church and I even began visiting other churches to explore what other ways my walk with Christ could look like for me. I needed change in all of those areas of my life. Instead of letting unhealthy situations continue to fester and remain with a constant presence in your life, what would it look life if you made the effort to change them? To work on them? Perhaps, to remove them? To choose something different?
Now, who is to say that God won’t ever bring those things or people back into your life in some way or another? But this time, just maybe, it will be in the right way and you will know that it is for you. Right now, you could be faced with a new job opportunity, a new church you want to try out, a new love interest, a new diet/workout plan, etc. They might not be what you are used to, but that may be exactly why you should test the waters and give your change a chance.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Maybe you are used to doing the same old thing. You’ve become complacent in a few areas in your life, which have turned into unhealthy situations for you. I am choosing to embrace change — in all areas of my life (mind, body, and spirit). I want you to do the same. I even have a few exciting LifewithBri blog changes taking place and although I have my moments of insecurity, I quickly remember that scripture above. Truth is I want change in so many areas in my life…How about you? For once, let’s give change a chance.
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