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Loose the Change

Benjamin Franklin once said that there are only two things in this world that will never change – death and taxes.  It is true that these things will always be with us and that they are constant, but they do change – taxes change, death happens to us all but not at the same time.  There is really only one thing that will never change – God.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

For I, the Lord, do not change
~ Malachi 3:6

There is constant change in our own life, our home, our community and our workplace. It is comforting to know that we can hang our faith on the one thing that will never change. 

When we really think about it, none of us mind change as long as we are in control.  We happily buy and sell houses, change jobs, add children to our family, lose weight, go to a new church, get involved in the community.  As long as we are doing the change and are in control we are happy to change.  

Some people believe that going through change is something that happens to them, like a cork bobbing up and down in the ocean.  It’s expected and part of life.

The years are rolling by me and they are rockin’ evenly
And I am older than I once was and younger than I’ll be
That’s not unusual
~ Simon and Garfunkel

This should not be unusual. What is difficult and challenging about change is when we are not in control, when our house is sold in a mortgagee sale, when we get laid off, when children leave home, when we gain weight, when our church splits, and our community changes.  This is when we choose to either resist, or accept change.  This is a process.

If change is a house and the stages of change are rooms in the house, they could be, in no particular order, described like this:

·         The contentment room
·         The sun lounge
·         The renewal room
·         The denial room
·         The confusion room
·         Wrong direction door – leaving the house
·         Paralysis pit
·         The dungeon of deniel

Have you spent anytime in these rooms when you were going through change?  Depending on whether you accept or resist change will depend which room you choose to spend your time in. 

Resisting change for too long ends up in bondage and chains.  Accepting change is all about loosing chains and choosing to be free.  This too is a process.  We cannot force the change process. We need to cultivate an attitude of acceptance and ownership.  It is up to us and it is our choice.  It is us that must change first, not others.

Be the change that you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi

So what about you my friend?  What changes are you facing?  Which room will you choose to spend time in?  Here or somewhere this week share your story, you may just be able to be the change that others are desperate to see in the world. 


Loose the change

Yesterday you were
The Immortal God
While mortality rises
In the land of the lost

Today you are
The invisible being
That we can just glimpse
In our dim reflection

Tomorrow you will
Be our wise hope in ages past
And today in your unchanged presence
You shape our future

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