Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 29, 2020

When Change Seems Unthinkable

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)

Ever find yourself reciting those things which are absolutely unchangeable for you? Words we’ve echoed firmly, “I can’t …… I won’t.” Feet firmly planted on a resounding no because attempting different or making a change seems unthinkable. Or is it really?

Since early March, the unchangeable has been experienced by us all. Worship has transitioned from sitting inside a church building to facing a laptop for live streaming. Our job, for many of us, has moved from the office to working remotely from home. For other essential workers, the change evolved into increased safety precautions, long hours and new protocol. For our children, the classroom became our living room and homeschooling took on a new respect. Eating out, shopping and any of those normal activities evaporated quickly.

Yes, a lot has changed in the past few months – all things we had no control over. Crazy how we learned to adapt and gained new perspectives. Have to admit, I definitely have a greater appreciation for simple pleasures. Miss my co-workers. Gained patience in sharing my office space with my sweet husband.
Pulled out old board games. Planned meals and enjoyed sweet solitude. And the gym I frequented weekly is now a quick few steps to my living room exercise routine.

Change is definitely doable and opens the door for growth – ultimately a good thing. While none of us would want a re-do of the past few months, we have found ourselves more resilient than we probably thought. So why do we still adamantly resist making a shift from norm to different?

Talking ourselves into moving away from routine and familiar to embrace different is scary uncharted territory. We get so comfortable with us and our defaults – even the thought of change screams hard. We resist, negotiate and often defy those areas of our life which desperately need changing. Stubbornly we echo I can’t….I won’t. Yet with Gods’ help, He knows we can. And the best part, we don’t have to wonder where to start. God gently nudges, highlights and teaches us of those things which don’t align with His will. He is the One who will enable and empower us every step of the way to cultivate godly living – a radical transformation we never thought possible.

“Father, my old ways never seem to serve me well. Cultivate within me a heart which embraces change and transformation so I will reflect You to all I meet.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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