Key #2 of 4 to Survive Change

changeIn my last post I observed that change happens. It happens to all of us, and it happens all the time. We can’t stop it, control it, or avoid it. The best we can do is to manage ourselves through it.

I wish I could remember the source details, but a few years ago I heard a video of a man speaking at a conference. He said that there are two kinds of people: wise people and foolish people.   His thoughts reminded me of  Proverbs 9:7–9 (NIV) Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. 8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. 9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

The speaker said that of the two, the wise person will physically lean in to listen with an open heart when you give them instruction (advice, or ideas), while the foolish one will be constantly thinking about the rebuttal they will give as soon as you’re done. You can see it in their eyes, as they calculate how to deflect your words and turn the conversation around to justify their thinking. He was right.  I’ve witnessed these two different attitudes toward learning while working with a variety of people myself.

~My suggestion is for each of us to focus on being wise in all things …even change.

Key #2 Choose Transformation

When confronted with change, whether impending, present, or just possible, we have a great power to choose how we will respond. I’ve learned I need to find how God can use change to transform me more and more into Christ’s likeness. How can my wise response produce selflessness? How can I become more humble, reliant on God, more aware of other’s needs, or more loving through this change? How can I allow this change, that will happen anyway, draw me closer to God by transforming me for His glory and my own good?

  • Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This passage (and many others), scream out that if we are growing in Christ, we are changing daily.  Change happens in all of our lives, but we can choose to be transformed if we let God use change to teach us His good, pleasing and perfect will.   Choose to let God capture the change you experience and renew you with it.  Even when the change looks like disaster to us, God can redeem it into a blessing.  Join me and Choose Transformation!

Last week I had several readers respond to me personally, and while I appreciate every private email, may I ask that you please respond (even negatively) as a public comment? Many of the things you said would have been helpful to the broader group if they had been able to read your thoughts as well. Also (shameless plug), if you appreciate these thoughts please: like, share, and/or repost, this so others might join us in conversation.

Four Keys to Survive Change: Key #1 Trust God; Key #2 Choose Transformation; Next up: Great Expectations

Blessings, Tim

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About Tim Wenzig MAML

I am a pastor at Rosedale Friends Church. Rosedale Friends Church is a congregation affiliated with North West Yearly Meeting of Friends Chruches (Quakers).
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