How to Deal with Change

Some people love change & others hate change. But no matter what is your preference, we all have to deal with change because that’s the nature of life. So here are a few helpful thoughts:
*mindset – consider what your thoughts are about change because bad thinking automatically creates bad results
*flexible – it’s been my experience that when I’m rigid & inflexible that it’s usually more difficult to manage change
*pray a lot – when I try to deal with change without asking for God’s help, it often turns out awful
Feel free to leave a brief comment on anything I can pray about for you & feel free to share this blog with all of your friends who are struggling with change :)

The Self-Help Myth

In the Bible, I always enjoy reading about Peter, Jesus’ disciple, because he always seems to have an answer for everything. Some of his answers are good but some of them are beyond stupid. Nevertheless, he seems to always have some kind of answer, reply or solution, except when Jesus looked at him after he had denied Jesus three times. At that point, he was speechless & left the situation weeping bitterly.
While I’m a firm believer in helping each other, giving each other wise counsel, improving ourselves, growing, getting better, etc there are definitely situations, challenges, struggles & hardships that are far beyond the human abilities.
Consider:
*some needs are only met with divine provision
*some questions only have divine answers
*some problems only have divine solutions

More than meets the eye

I would venture to say that all of us have more to us than what a quick intro would reveal.  I have friends who are petite, gentle and gracious but you’d never know that they love to mash an opponent on the boards in the hockey rink.  I have other friends who look like they are the most physically fit person you’d ever meet but they are slowly ebbing into oblivion because of their heart is filled with unforgiveness, pain, bitterness and revenge – tragic beyond words.

When I think about Jesus, I’m always discovering more than meets the eye.  With Jesus, consider that when He was hanging on the cross, He appeared to be a poster child for loser & failure, but there’s so much more than what meets the eye.  Consider that Jesus does these things in our lives:

  • touches our heart
  • guides our steps
  • stengthens our hands
  • invigorates the lifeless
  • illuminates our mind
  • stirs our soul
  • makes boldness out of timidity
  • quickens mortality
  • fuels the future
  • empowers what was hopeless

Consider that with Jesus, there is always more than what meets the eye :)

Slow Down

We live in a world that applauds speed – fast wifi, speedy cars, quick thinking, hasty travel & lots more. But consider that some of the best things take time:
*slower cars frequently get fewer tickets ,)
*deep friendships: it’s been my experience that the fast friendships usually are the shortest
*coffee – brewed versus instant: nuff said
*books: for me, quick reads rarely stick to my ribs as well as a long & slow read that requires my attention & presence

Sometimes, slow is better :)

DIY dropoffs

If you come to my house, I can show you a series of “do-it-yourself” shortfalls:

  • painting snafus
  • attempts to clean up melted wax that’s been infused into our white carpet
  • katty whompus wallpaper that hangs neither horizontal nor vertical

I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s a reason we have experts for house projects & the same principle is equally true for the stuff with which I struggle in my heart.  Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to be our counsellor and stop trying to fix ourselves with no Help.  You and I need more Help than the DIY approach :)

wake UP!!!!!!!

Right out of the gate, you need to know that I’m EXTREMELY amped up about this post.  I’m amped up, because it seems to me that virtually no one in the international community is making a REALLY IMPORTANT CONNECTION.  Here’s the deal:  ebola is an epidemic that has been ravaging three countries in West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia) for this entire year.  The international community has become increasingly attentive and responsive to this awful disease that currently has no known cure & with an 70% mortality rate.  Ebola is really serious!

But here’s the WAKE UP CALL:  While the US has currently given over $200million for ebola aid & assistance, China has given less than $10million to the ebola crisis up to today.  The reason I’m so amped up about this discrepency is because China is the leading economic partner for Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia.  Feel free to research the recent economic agreements that China has negotiated with these three nations in the last 5 years & you’ll rapidly see that China is acquiring vast amounts of wealth & natural resources from these nations, but up to this day, China has been shamefully silent and virtually absent from providing any noteworthy support against ebola.

6db19_141006091841-03-ebola-1006-horizontal-gallery  My rant in this post isn’t based solely on Judeo Christian values.  My rant in this post is based on human dignity & I would urge you to put pressure on the Chinese government to save their own economic face & put some hefty finances toward stopping the spread of ebola in these three nations.  Please post this blog on your Facebook page, pass it along to your friends and let’s bring to international public awareness this shameful neglect from the second biggest economy in the world, China.

 

you spin me ’round ,)

There was a catchy pop song in the 80s, “you spin me ’round” that still occassionally gets some play time in my brain.  The song reminds me of when I was little and would spin to the point of getting so dizzy that I’d fall down – ring around the rosie (but that’s for another blog).  I used to be really amazed at ice skaters and ballerinas who would do the spinning top trick, always wondering how they could do that without falling down.  Then I learned their secret – focal point.  They spin without falling because they keep their eyes on a main focal point (dancers have an easier time doing this).

So here’s my point:  keep Jesus as your focal point so you don’t dizzy & fall down in life :)

Have an awesome weekend!!