There is a hidden truth about change I what to reveal as I share 4 keys you can use to unlock blessings while journeying through change. Change frightens some people, and energizes others. It seems that most people I have worked with over the years see change as something to be sought or else something to be avoided. Sometimes we find ourselves spending lots of time and emotional energy trying to kick-start change in our circumstances, or trying to halt change we see coming our way.
There was a time when I wanted to make a career change. I pursued my dream in several ways simultaneously. I sought professional assistance, I talked to my present boss about chances for advancement, and I looked at job postings everywhere I could think of. I came to realize that the chances for advancement where I was were limited, and to achieve my goals I needed a new path. Finally a professional head-hunter agreed to work with me, and found a firm that would train me in my desired field. I found the change I was looking for.
On another occasion I was in a position that was almost perfect, but I saw a way that my co-workers and I would function better if we made some internal job description changes. Upon sharing my ideas, describing the new work environment, and having us all share the personal and organizational benefit of such a change, the board agreed change was indeed needed. We were all offered severance packages, and advised to find new positions elsewhere right away. There was little consolation in thinking they suffered a large downturn over the next few years because MY plan for change had been rejected. The reality was ~ we all were paying the price.
Here is the Big truth I learned: Change happens. Yup, we don’t create it, or stop it. The best we can do is to manage ourselves through it.
I have discovered 4 keys to managing myself through change that lead from fear to blessing, and from resistance to discovery.
Today we’ll look at Key #1 Trust God Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Believe that change is part of God’s plans for you. As God’s children we have no idea what He really is planning for our future. So my best advice to us all is to see every change as God preparing us for some grand blessing, and as training for some future task he will be entrusting us with. Choose to rest in the hope that the unseen outcome will be exactly what you need to be in God’s perfect will.
The Enemy of our souls wants us to fear, and to NOT trust God. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We must understand that a fear of, a negative view of, and a resistance to change comes from the enemy not from God. Do everything you can to focus on your love for, and faith in Jesus Christ. Don’t let stray thoughts pull you back to fear and disbelief. Don’t be afraid to literally say: “Lord I take this fear and disbelief captive in Your name. I will not allow it to roam freely in my mild and affect my spirit or faith. Here it is. Please remove it, destroy it, and replace it with a clear vision of your face, your love, and your empowering presence.” Then do things to focus on Him alone like: read Scripture, immerse yourself in worship music or prayer for others. We can choose to trust God in every circumstance. Even when that circumstance is change itself.
Next up: Becoming.