Managing Change

malletThe man bragged that the antique mallet he owned was the very same mallet his great grandfather use. He said, “Yep, it’s the same mallet. Oh, the head’s been replaced a couple of times and the handle’s been replaced three or four times but other than that it’s the original mallet my great grandfather used.”

Everything changes, even mallets! The only thing that never changes is that everything is always changing!

Most of the time we don’t like most of the changes we face. We brace ourselves when someone says to us, “There’s been a change of plans.” It has been said that nobody likes change except a baby who needs his diaper changed — but I’ve observed that most babies don’t like having their diapers changed, either, even though things are a real mess.

We resist change but it happens anyway. How can we manage change in a positive way?

I find it instructive to remember what God told a bunch of people who experienced major change. They had been carried off into exile to Babylon around 600 BC. When you think about it, there’s not much more drastic a change than being forced to live in a new country where the climate, culture, and government are all different.

What God told them was to make the best of the situation. They were to go about their regular business of daily living.

Whatever change we face, we should ask, “Lord, what would you have me do? How would you have me act? How do you want me to respond?” In other words, every change is a fresh opportunity to be open to God’s leading and to be obedient to Him.

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:5-7a)


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