I looked back over my own life and was amazed at how much (and how often) change has occurred. Even skipping over the childhood changes, here's a run-down:
17--fell in love/got my heart broken
18--finished high school
joined the army
went to Colorado
partied hard for 2 years
became a Christian
24--ended 3 year relationship
started full-time ministry
27--moved to Fort Worth, TX
10 years in TX--8 homes, 6 jobs, 5 girlfriends
37--moved back to VA
gained a daughter
lost my father
39--bought first house
41--fathered a son
became a lead pastor
42--another baby coming
it never slows down!
We talked about how some people thrive on change, while others are uncomfortable or fearful of change.
1. change that we initiate; taking risk, attempting something new, making a decision that leads to change
2. change that happens to us, outside our control, because of choices other people make, or God, or chance...
I guess it's about approaching life proactively or reactively. I think those that seek change (for good reasons) tend to get the most out of life, or enjoy it most.
So my question/challenge for anyone reading this: look at change in your life--do you initiate change, or is it something that tends to happen to you? I'd love to hear comments!
For a long time I avoided change. If it happened it was forced on me, but that is starting to change. I begin to see that pursuing change before it is forced on me is the difference between hiding in the corner and living life.
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