Facing Changes

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28

This was the first time in years that I would not be buying school supplies! I should have done cartwheels! Instead my thoughts were mixed. My year had been filled with change. New schedules and routines, a graduation, a wedding, a funeral, changes in friendships ….

They say change is the only constant in life. Some changes we like, others burden us down. Here are some principles I’ve learned in seasons of change.

1. Maximize the pros and minimize the cons. Every change has positive and negative aspects. The balance isn’t always equal. Choose to maximize the positive points and not linger on the negative ones. Choose to smile.

2. Appreciate people. We need each other, especially during change. Dare to reach out.

3. Cultivate a thankful heart. Never doubt the goodness of God toward you. Find small things to be thankful for. Gratitude is tonic for the soul. Choose thankfulness.

4. Invite God into every change. Some changes are hard and we struggle against them. Ask God to give you the strength and wisdom you need. He can be counted on when no one and nothing else can! He promises you will find rest. Invite Jesus.

Lord God, I can’t always choose the changes that come my way. But with Your heIp I can change my response. Thank you that You love me and will carry me through all my changes, especially the hard ones. Help me to live well where I am today and find my rest and my peace in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Take Action: Get to know Jesus at a deeper level. Find His rest in the middle of your changes.

By Gail Rodgers
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