Saturday, December 17, 2011

Change can be an adventure…….

“You will help me, because I do what is right;
you will keep me in your presence forever”.   Ps.41:12 GNT

Fear of the unknown is the most common reason people resist change.

Most people like to stick with what they know, even if it isn’t in their best interest. They do so, because it is something in this chaotic world that they can ’depend’ on being a certain way. They feel like what they have known, they understand, and can trust to remain a certain way.  It becomes kind of a ’false security’.  They become attached to it, and would rather suffer through something not in their best interest, that they can count on, than take a chance with the unknown.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Change involves risk, courage, and a belief that you'll be ok, no matter what.

You have to be willing to take action, to move out of your comfort zone and to face fear to increase your courage and self confidence in a way that stays with you.  You have to be willing to take the punch and risk some emotional pain for a while.

Many times you will feel great as you just move over that invisible barrier and face your fear. You may not even get the result you wanted but still feel great about yourself because you just dared to face that fear or take some action.

The truth is - people love change!   People change their clothes, they change their hairstyle, they change their hair color, they change jobs, they change offices, they change marriage partners, they re-arrange their furniture, they travel to new places and they change automobiles.

Our physical bodies are constantly changing.

Our environment is constantly changing.

Our minds are constantly changing.

Our internal world and our attitudes are changing as we cope with the external changes all around us.

Change - that "thing" that everyone is supposedly afraid of - is a normal, natural part of our life.  We cannot get away from it.

So, given that constant change is a reality we must face, how can we learn to see it as a positive thing?

It's simple - we must re-adjust our viewpoint, change our mind about the nature of change and our place in it.  Instead of fighting a change that appears in front of us, we can learn to see it as a new adventure.  Then, we can start learning about and enjoying the new adventure, instead of wasting our time and energy looking back at something that is no longer real.

When you come humbly before God honestly seeking Him in prayer, confessing your sins and asking for His mercy and forgiveness, we are told He will lovingly hear your prayers, forgive you immediately, and remember your sins no more.

He promises to reward those who diligently seek Him. Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father reminding Him that He has already taken the punishment for all of our sins.  The rewards for our faith and good works may not be found in this life, but there is the promise of a crown, with great comfort, rest, and peace waiting for us in His Kingdom.

 So, as you cling to the hope and promises of God to help you and strengthen you through the fierce and bitter storms found in this life, remember . . . God’s Promise is for you!!!

“……you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”   John 8:32 NKJV

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