Will you let change ignite or drown you?

As a millennial, I often hear people my age talk about how the older generations are accustom to their ways and resistant towards change. For example, I remember how elders reacted when churches started playing contemporary Christian music. Let’s just say it wasn’t a smooth transition. So, with my younger millennial self, I have also agreed to this statement a time or two but then change happened to me and I realized I wasn’t much different.

Why does change shake us to our core like it does? Is it the loss of sense of control over our lives? The lack of our ability to adapt? Have we gotten so used to a world that surrounds around us, that we have forgotten that we actually surround around it? God sends rain when he wants, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. We control nothing, but expect to be able to control everything. And we wonder why most of us are struggling with such bad anxiety. We are trying to control things that are uncontrollable…completely out of our hands.

Would it make sense to give the responsibilities of the CEO to the intern? Of course not. Yet that is what we do every day when we try to take God’s job from him because we think we can do a better one. Change is going to come into our lives unexpectedly and uninvited. Sometimes we will perceive that change as good or bad, but either way we can’t control it.

So the real question here isn’t if the change is good or bad, but will you let that change make you better or worse? No matter the type of change that comes into your life, let it change you for the better. Don’t let something as simple as a change in routine, job title, income, etc., change the person you’ve worked so hard to become. Use that change as fuel to ignite a fire in you, not as water to drown you out. So tell me, will you let change ignite or drown you?

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8