Change is hard on our hearts. It requires heart energy to adjust to new and different ways of living. Starting new relationships, finding your way around a new place, learning the new job, adjusting to another culture, carving out new routines—these all take an emotional toll.
So how do we navigate change well? How do we experience it as a gift with the potential to transform us?
It begins with honesty about what we’re experiencing, so we can find the grace we need to receive the lessons God has for us in it. Can we honestly assess how we are doing, what is stirred in us, and what God might be showing us through it all?
Here are a few questions to consider as we reflect on a recent or current change:
While it’s tempting to grit our way through a messy transition, to get back to “normal” as quickly as possible, navigating it with honesty and grace might mean it takes longer. What we can be sure of is that God is with us, no matter how long it takes. He plans to use each change in our lives to make us more like Him, and to deepen our faith in Him, if we will let Him.
Note from Bob: Someone once said “You have only three possibilities: You have either just completed a transition or you are about to start a transition or you are in the middle of a transition!” You and I are continually involved in all sorts of transitions – some welcomed – some unwelcomed – some chosen – some thrust upon us! Transitions with jobs, health, family, friends, moves, finances, births, deaths, etc. The only constant is change itself. Gina’s terrific book “Making Peace with Change” will become a welcome companion as you navigate the continual changes you experience! Click “HERE” to purchase your book today!
Reshared with kind permission from Bob Tiede.