“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
Change. It happens to all of us. Sometimes it’s planned; often, it’s not.
Always it must be faced.
Change can be our enemy or our ally. It all depends on how we handle it. So, what is the best way to handle change? That, too, depends on the situation. One thing to know for sure is that all change requires some element of risk-taking, of moving out of your comfort zone. But the very process of taking risks and moving out of your comfort zone can make you a better person with a lot more to give to those in your circle of influence.
Here are a few tips that have worked for me in handling change:
1-Don’t be afraid of change. Look on it as an opportunity for growth–an adventure that will bring you to a higher level of satisfaction with your life.
2-Don’t be afraid to take risks. No one ever succeeded in life without taking risks. In fact, I like to think of risk-taking as a synonym for faith. When we take a risk, we are stepping out in faith. Now, the risk must not be a careless risk, like quitting your job without a few months of backup income. The risk must be a calculated risk, meaning you’ve prayed about taking the risk, you’ve carefully thought out the pros and cons, and you’ve discussed those pros and cons with trusted friends and colleagues. Based on your research and their input, and based on what God has been speaking to your heart, you’ve decided to proceed with taking the risk.
|If you change nothing, nothing will change.|
3-Don’t keep doing the same thing. If what you’ve been doing hasn’t gotten you the results you want, then change what you are doing. As Albert Einstein once purportedly said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If you want different results in your life, you will have to change your approach to solving your problems.
There you have it. Three simple, but not easy, steps in making change your ally. Applying these three steps to your life will result in changes that will make your life happier and more fulfilling.
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4 thoughts on “HOW TO MAKE CHANGE YOUR ALLY”
I’m not a big risk taker. However, in 2002, the Lord spoke to my heart about quitting a good job and going back to Bible School. “Umm, Lord, I did that already and graduated.” It took a lot of prayer and counsel before I obeyed that still, small voice. The end result? I met my husband, married, moved to another state, and eventually became an author with his encouragement.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, but I’m thankful God gave me the courage to take that risk.
Amen, dear Susan! What a wonderful testimony to the blessings of risk-taking! Thank you so very much for sharing your experience. Blessings to you!
I love this thread, and change is my Lenten focus! Thank you so much for posting this.
Thank you for your comment, dear Skye! Change is a wonderful focus for Lent!