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Change Is Good

Posted by on December 30, 2014

Change can be hard, exciting, challenging, welcome or dreaded. As a high school graduate, I gifted my best friend with a decoupaged wallhanging I’d made from a magazine ad. It showed a picture of a young child, forehead against the window of a school bus with a tear sliding down his cheek. The caption read, “The future always arrives a little before you’re ready to give up the present.”

In the past, I never liked change. It was uncomfortable. Why couldn’t things stay the same? My wise, older brother once told me, “Change is good.” It was unwelcome advice at the time since I was resisting an undesirable change. But his words echoed in my head as the years passed, and I’ve come to see the wisdom in them. Is it my age? Have I simply lived long enough to accept that change is inevitable? Or have I come to appreciate the growth that occurs because things change–growth that otherwise wouldn’t happen?

Whatever the reason, I’ve learned to embrace change. Which is why after almost 33 years in one place, I’m looking forward to moving to a new house, a new town, new experiences. It’s hard to leave the familiar behind, hard to say goodbye to friends and neighbors, the people who’ve shared my life for the past 2-3 decades. I appreciate the convenience of social media now that makes it easier to stay connected from a distance.

There is much to look forward to in this change:

-finding a new house that’s just right for us

-making new friends

-discovering a new church

-enjoying a nearby lake

-a 20-minute “rush hour”

-exploring new ways to be used by God

I know the coming days and weeks will be uncomfortable. There will be lonely days when I long for a friend who knows me and knows where I’ve been, someone I don’t have to explain myself to. But change is good. It forces me to grow. I’ll share my journey with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, how do you feel about change? Love it? Hate it? Accept it? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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8 Responses to Change Is Good

  1. Anonymous

    We had a fair bit a change over the years. These days I try to remember to take advantage of it. Connect with as many of the new people as you can that it brings into your life. Explore the new places that some of the natives have missed. Take time to reflect in the down times. Toss the things you’ve collected but you don’t need. Create new habits. Change creates opportunity to add things to your life you have wanted to do but haven’t gotten around to. Best wishes!

  2. Sandy Quandt

    Mary, I’m not big on change, either, but growing older has shown me God uses change to grow us, and move us toward the next thing he has planned.

  3. Susan P

    Oh man do I hate change. I know it is inevitable and will always happen, but that doesn’t mean I like it or accept it very readily. A part of me copes with the changes I can’t control by enjoying the changes I DO control. I love to change my hair color (of course that might have been because I started turning grey at 18!), I love to move furniture around and change my rooms, I love to change up the way I do things and places I go.
    I feel for you and the move – that IS a big change. But the advice is correct – change is good. It can build us in ways we can’t ever imagine. I just wish there was an easier way to deal with it! 🙂

    • Mary Hamilton

      Interesting angle, Susan! Coping by enjoying the changes you can control. Maybe that’s why I’m looking forward to this change. It’s our choice, not because of an employer or some other reason. Now if I could just get all the little details flitting through my head to stop long enough for me to write them down or do something about them!

  4. juliebcosgrove

    Change is always uncomfortable, but there is comfort in knowing our Lord is unchangeable. Prayers on your move from one who has 36 times in 42 years. Its never easy, but always holds blessings in disguise.

I welcome your thoughts on this.