Embracing Change

Few things will spark both excitement and discomfort like change, yet it is a fact of life that change is inevitable. 

It’s not always easy to embrace the big changes in life, such as your child moving off to start college, or transitioning into a new job, or, perhaps, coming to the realization that your aging parent needs more care than you can provide. Change can bring feelings of sadness or anxiety as we attempt to charter these new waters. 

However, not all change is bad. There can be the change of family dynamics when a new foster child comes to live with you, or the change of address when you finally move into your new home. 

Whatever the circumstance, change brings with it the chance for a new beginning. Just as the caterpillar changes into a butterfly through the process of metamorphosis, we too can morph into something extraordinary. However, in order to for that to happen, change must first be embraced.

Paul writes in Colossians 1:6,

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

Consider how the gospel has specifically changed your life. Accepting Christ requires a lifestyle change, meaning that we have to let go of some of the things that once brought us comfort. However, once the old things pass away, we begin to see a newness take over our lives. Just as the butterfly realizes she was never meant to stay in that cocoon, we too can let go of the familiar and press on to a new creation. To live inside His wonderful grace is worth any and all transitions that have to happen. It’s a change worth embracing!

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