DEALING WITH CHANGE

Adaptability, Attitude, and Always Abounding

For some people, when they encounter changes to their environment or routines, it is unsettling, unnerving, and can be a very traumatic experience. For others, when they encounter change, it can be exciting, thrilling, and a roller-coaster ride of new experiences (either good and/or bad). For all of us, whether we have positive reactions or negative reactions to change, it should be an experience to say, “I trust in God to keep me grounded.” Life changes, situations change, but God remains constant (Heb. 13:8; Jas. 1:17). Here are some ways we can trust Him more, no matter how we view change:

Appreciate the great things going on for the cause of Christ (Phil. 1:12-18). If things are changing for us, often they are changing for others as well. If that’s the case, look at how God is showing comfort and care for others through the work of His people (2 Cor. 1:3-5). Praise Him and thank Him for that. Focus on those things because they WILL change your perspective and your attitude. Trust Him.

Ask: what opportunities has God given me personally to further the cause of Christ (Phil. 1:12-13)? No matter how you view change, see that there are open doors before you to bear someone’s burden, ease someone’s load, or invite them to meet the Jesus we know and love (Phil. 1:17). If we only ever look at change and see ourselves, we miss changing life circumstances for others and realize that NOW they might be receptive to the gospel.

Ask: How have I used this change to draw nearer to God (Phil. 1:27-30)? How has this change affected my relationship with God? How does it have the potential to affect my relationship? Spend more time with God in prayer, in meditation, in service. The truth is, as time changes, so also what we emphasize in our devotion to God can also change. However, commit to growing nearer to Him and more in the likeness of His Son everyday regardless of change (Phil. 4:10-13; 2 Pet. 3:18).

Andy Baker, Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg, TX

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