Awhile back, I was eating lunch with a friend where we found ourselves reminiscing on the past year and how crazy it had been. This lead us to start making predictions about where we would be and what we would be doing in a years time. My friend started to panic and started telling me about how much the thought of change scared her. I asked her why and she started to explain how she is so comforted by the idea of always having the same routine. And I understand where she is coming from completely..
But, it also led me to start thinking about what change really is and the process behind it.
Change. Something that is completely inevitable. Something that seems to make everybody shudder. But why? Because it’s absolutely terrifying when you’ve become so familiar with something and then one day it’s completely different than it was all of the days before. Our minds have a hard time reacting to it because we don’t know any differently and it causes us to panic.
Imagine being a fourteen year old girl (or boy) who has grown up in the same town with the same group of friends your entire life. It’s the last day of your eighth grade year and you and your friends are finally going to be in high school. You can’t wait. You guys have been dreaming about this for so long and it is finally here. You go home that night to find your parents waiting for you on the couch and telling you to sit down because they have something to tell you. Confused, you sit down and wonder what on earth they could possibly say to you. And then your mom opens her mouth and your whole world changes. Your dad was offered the promotion he’s been working so hard for, which is great.. but you guys have to move eight hours away for it.
Boom. Just like that, your world suddenly feels like its falling apart and there’s nothing you can do about it. You start to get mad at your dad for getting the promotion and making you move away from all of your friends the summer before you start high school.
Two weeks later, the day is here. You just finished saying all of your goodbyes and now you are pulling out of your driveway for the last time ever.
And in that moment, it hits you. You realize that no matter how much you don’t want any of this to happen, it’s going to happen. And then you start to see that you have two choices: you can either go into this with a negative mindset or you can go into this with a positive mindset.
Choose the second choice.
From experience, I’ve learned that you can never go wrong by choosing positivity. By choosing to see the changes that are happening in your life with a positive mindset, you are opening your eyes up to the hidden opportunities that you would miss out on if you chose to look at everything around you with a negative mindset. With positivity, you are able to take any type of change or situation and turn it into something spectacular.
Change doesn’t always have to be the big, bad, thing that we all see it as. I promise. Change can be good. And change is good. The Lord wouldn’t put you through these changes if he knew you wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Because if we didn’t experience theses changes (big or small), we would be missing out on so much more that we could have never even imagined if we hadn’t had to go through any changes.
Think about it like this.
You are at an ice cream shop and you order your usual, but they don’t have it so you have to order something you’ve never tried. You take a bite of your ice cream and suddenly, you regret not trying it earlier.
And to think that you would have never figured out that you would have liked the other flavor more than your usual, if you never would’ve been forced change it up..
So there you have it friends.. Change isn’t something to be scared of. Change is just God’s way of showing you that there is more out there than you think. So next time, instead of letting the change overcome you and fill you with fear, embrace the change. For change is actually just the beginning of something great.