I’m one of those weird people who usually doesn’t mind change. I like to be creative. I like new themes. I like new designs. In fact, I’m really getting bored with the pictures in my office and I’m ready to change it up. And while I embrace change for the most part, there are times God really stretches me. As the end of the year quickly approaches, I’m reminded of a few changes I’ve encountered–the graduation of my youngest child, celebrating one of those significant birthdays where the decade changes, the change of assistants in my office and even the new change of our blog! (I hope you’ve noticed and would love your comments!)
As a leader, how do you embrace change? Here are a few things that have helped me this year and I hope they help you as well.
1. Even though circumstances change, God does not change. We are reminded in scripture that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. That’s a comfort. He is faithful. He is trustworthy. His love for us never changes.
2. Changes are a way to draw us closer to God. When things around me are in constant change, there are moments when life seems out of control. It’s in those moments that I run to the Lord. I pray harder. I seek Him with my whole heart. There is a sense of “I can’t do this.” And yet, that’s exactly what I think our heavenly Father wants. I think God allows change so we don’t become sufficient in our own strength. I’m glad He is strong when I am weak.
3. Change can provide perspective. There have been several moments when I have been totally overwhelmed this year. I actually had a meltdown a couple of weeks ago when I considered all of the things I needed to do by the end of the year. I’ve been going through some coaching training in the past month and while being observed two weeks ago, I broke down. The tears came and just wouldn’t stop. I even went home that evening and cried more. But in the midst of the stress, God–and a community of great friends–are helping me learn how to let some things go. I’m learning that I don’t have to cross everything off my list by the end of the day. My perspective is limited and legalistic. God’s perspective is eternal and He gives grace when I don’t deserve it.
How are you embracing change today?