PORTRAIT OF CHANGE II…

illustration of change--its effects on the changer and the changee!

Here are some of the things I’ve learned about change.

  • Change is very disruptive.  Observe the photo.  Imagine how disruptive that sidewalk (that is half finished) was to the roots of the tree!  To say nothing of the pain to the tree.
  • Change is costly, but not as costly as NOT changing.
  • Change takes time and usually involves a process.  It is rarely instant.
  • Change is almost always messy.  Expect it, plan on it, embrace it…and the messy people around you.  A lack of messiness might indicate stagnation or apathy.  I didn’t think much about this until I was looking closely at the photograph.  It reminded me that the messiness that comes with change is a major part of what we don’t like about it.
  • In theory, at least, we all want order and some predictability in our personal lives.  This is true particularly in relation to our spouses, children and the people around us.  The reality of this dream is not nearly as desirable.  We need a little unpredictability, some spice in our lives.  We need some color to give some pop to the everyday beige.  In many respects, that is what happens when God brings change to our lives.  We don’t always appreciate it at the time, but eventually we do.  For those of you who have lived awhile, think of the moves you have made for a job.  Not all were exciting, some were downright difficult!  But when you look back on them, wouldn’t you say that many of the them, even if difficult, were good because of what you learned, or the deepening of a relationship that came as a result?
  • How has God used change in your life to grow you?  I love comments.

The good news:  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature… II Peter 1:3-4

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Megan
    Jul 16, 2010 @ 01:27:33

    Martha – so much of what I’ve been processing this week has been on the very theme of change, but primarily, that I sort of thrive on it and tend to stagnate when change is NOT occurring.

    So what does that say about me?

  2. martha brady
    Jul 16, 2010 @ 10:46:21

    does it say that your dream of being all together and organized is just that? that you are bipolar? 🙂 that you are adventurous? (i still think of that van you drove around and blogged about for 6 weeks was it? now that is something for your kids to remember forever:) i just wish you lived closer. i am reading all this tuff about blogging that you could probably answer in a conversation. i need to talk it over with a knowledgeable person. am trying to figure out the logistics of getting to relevant. do you think it will be similar?

  3. Debbie Maxwell Allen
    Jul 19, 2010 @ 09:06:27

    Great post, Martha! We can count on the fact that change will happen, which we have little control over, but we can control our attitude. A good reminder as I launch my first-born into the world!

  4. martha brady
    Jul 19, 2010 @ 12:21:55

    launching your first-born is certainly a challenge in both the change dept. and the trusting God dept. as in can God really care for him/her as well as I can? it’s a question we hate to verbalize, but is often at the heart of our stresses for them. the truth is: God truly is big enough to care for our children in ways we don’t have a chance to test out when they are living at home:)

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