Some people embrace it with eyes wide open. Some people dread it with every fiber of their being. Some people base their life on it, making it a part of their campaign. Some people fight it, expecting that in doing so, they’ll prevent what is invariably inevitable. It is said that, “the only constant in life is change.” I’ve found that the only thing that I can truly be sure of in my life is that something, in some way will change; and until the day I die, I can expect that change will happen, whether I want it to or not.

Change happens

Change happens (Photo credit: adam*b)

I am no stranger to change. I’ve been a baby, a child, a teen, a single man, and now a married man with children. One day I expect that I and my wife will know the joys of being empty nesters. I’ve know life as a student, an employee, a musician, and a minister. Soon I will know have the privilege of adding published author to the list of many things I have experienced.

Abraham had to acknowledge that leaving his family and homeland was worth facing all of the unknown variables in front of him, and have the faith that the God who spoke to him was a keeper of his promises. His journey to Canaan wasn’t just a change of location; it was a complete change in a way of life. As the father of faith, he was exhibiting characteristics that for the most part were uncommon to those from where he was from.

Joseph had a dream that seemed unfathomable to his family. His brothers were so jealous and intimidated by it that they sought to get rid of him. They did not know that in doing so, they were playing right into the works and plans of God to deliver them from the famine that was in their future. Joseph probably wondered whether his dream would ever be realized when he found himself going from the pit to the prison. His character, however, lead him to the palace.

Changing paradigms, practices, principle can often appear difficult, but necessary when God is trying to take you to a new level. Letting go of old things, and accepting new things, don’t immediately make sense to us, but in hindsight they become perfectly clear. When it comes to change, life is all about dealing with, managing, and adjusting to the changes as they come. Our maturity and the attitude we exhibit in change can go a long way in revealing how well or poorly we will come through the change.

There’s an old saying from my childhood that I think fits. It says, “Whether the weather is cold, whether the weather is hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.” Change is going to happen. We don’t always like it, but we all go through it. Choose to seek the best ways to face them when they happen so that on the other side of the change, it is more favorable to you than had you resisted it.

QUESTION: Do you have it in you to display the right character during times of change?


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