At 25, I had the rest of my life plotted out. I was a teacher. I was always going to be a teacher. I was really good at it.
One day in August, God plucked me right out of the classroom and set me down smack dab in the middle of ministry. Ready or not, I was there. Between you and me, I felt so inadequate. It left me wide open and vulnerable to something I never expected and something I knew nothing about.
Even after God allowed the change, I fought back. Hard.
We have all had our moments of plucking. A job change challenges us. A relationship turns out different than expected. A big move rattles our heart to the core. The heartbreak of loss is more than we feel capable to bear. A child starts a new school year.
Life has taken me on a unmarked journey full of mountain top triumphs and valley low heartbreaks since stepping into full time ministry. As of late, change seems to be a familiar friend who comes through the door without having to knock.
Through it all, I have come to have a better understanding about weathering the seasons of change with a little less kicking and screaming.
4 Ways to Embrace Change:
- Be Open to God’s Voice – Listen. This is very hard in our noisy world. When you hear His voice, prayerfully take a step. Small faith steps are actually the biggest steps we will ever take. In my life I have found this to be the most important part of stepping into change with confidence.
- Be Vulnerable – Take action. Starting something new requires vulnerability through action. Whatever you do, be intentional not to isolate yourself. You can be around people every day and still be fighting a battle alone. Share your fears, your feelings and your inadequacies with your trusted few. Release the need to be perfect.
- Be a Learner – Be Ready to NOT Be the Expert. There isn’t anything more raw than taking a step into uncharted territories. It can be very humbling. Lower your guard. Admit what’s hard.
- Be Filled with Trust – Trust that God has equipped you with everything you need to walk through this season. Whether it is a new beginning or something you thought would never end, for everything there is a season.
Together let’s CHOOSE to embrace change. Daily, hourly, minute by minute – give it a shot. Hebrews 13:8 meets us right where we are with a resounding truth, “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.”