Change is hard, especially if you are a creature of habit.
No one can argue that life can be much more comfortable when we keep our environments familiar, stable, and within our control. But sometimes, change is necessary, even if it requires us to get uncomfortable.
Changing up our routines, patterns, and ways of living can be for our good.
The past few weeks in my life have introduced a series of changes that have caused me to reflect on the value of change.
In the midst of these recent changes, I have learned a few valuable lessons:
1. God is in control.
Though we may think we are in control of decision-making, God always has the final word.
It may take some time to see God’s hand working in the midst of a difficult change, but if your perspective and heart are both in the right place, you will eventually see that God was walking with you all along the way.
2. There is always room for improvement.
The older we get, the easier it is to get cozy in a familiar setting or environment, especially a career. But when opportunities appear to put a new skill or talent to use in a different way, be open to giving it a shot.
You might quickly realise it was the best decision you ever made. You might struggle in the early stages yet eventually discover that perseverance pays off.
You might even find it was not the best move, but in the end you can at least say you tried.
Ultimately, give yourself some room to grow and make yourself better.
3. Wisdom comes from experience.
Want wisdom? Get out there and live!
The wisest people are those who experience new things and new places.
Travel when you can. Interact with new people. Explore new environments.
You will not only better appreciate your own upbringing and culture, but you will have a better perspective of how others think, feel, and react to life’s circumstances.
Ultimately, do not live your life in a box.
The late great actress Lucille Ball was credited with the quote:
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
And while there could be arguments for or against this saying, there is wisdom in these words when it comes to change.
Allow yourself to get uncomfortable enough to experience something that could change your life for the better. Change may hurt a little, but with a positive perspective, you will become wiser and better as you let go and allow God to lead you on the journey.