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5 Tips in Adjusting to Change More Quickly

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Are you struggling with the changes life brings? Are you having trouble accepting what God has allowed? Perhaps a hardship has radically changed your life!

Change is never easy and sometimes it just takes a while to accept our new circumstances.

But if we don’t adapt, we will be swallowed up by them!

I personally have had drastic and difficult changes in my life over these last few years:

  • The loss of my soulmate in 2010
  • Selling my beautiful home and garden in 2016 to live in an apartment
  • The loss of some important relationships
  • Moving out of state

Not to mention all the things going on with this ministry!

My life is so different now. Some of these changes have been good—really good; others extremely painful.

Most of us don’t like change, unless it’s our choice. Change is hard and inevitable. I heard it once said:

How well you deal with change reveals the level of your maturity.

Gratefully, you and I don’t have to adapt to these changes alone. If you are a child of the King, you have the incredible power of God residing within your very being!

We can grow up and learn to accept the certainty of change despite the uncertainties it brings. Here are…

5 Tips that Will Enable You to Adjust to Change More Quickly

1. Remember that variety is the spice of life

Life would be boring if everything and everyone remained the same!

2. God is unchangeable

Life may be full of variance, but God isn’t. 

“…I the LORD do not change.” (Mal 3:6)

3. We’re not in control but a good, wise, and loving God is

If we know, love, and trust the One causing or allowing the change, we can learn to relax and not get all stressed out. God’s ways are best–even when we don’t understand or like them. So let us be like King David who said…

The Lord is my rock…in whom I take refuge…. (Ps 18:2)

4. We will be changed and become more like Christ

Acceptance is really just another word for submission, which is what Jesus did His entire life. As we gaze upon Christ and His Word, we will be transformed as our minds are renewed (Rom 12:2).

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…. (2 Cor 3:18)*

This next one may be new to you.

5. Change is healthy

Did you know that doing something new stimulates the brain and keeps it young? Science has shown that even doing something old in a different way grows brain cells.[1] Ever notice how invigorated you feel when you plan a vacation? Why is that? Because it’s something new and different. It’s so amazing that God has designed our brains that way!

It’s also been proven that complaining negates the process of stimulating the brain and actually kills brain cells![2] (Wow, that in itself is good enough reason to become more grateful!)

We can use these scientific facts to our advantage. Instead of allowing the vacillating nature of life to cause us anxiety, we can use it as an opportunity to grow.

We are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor :17). That in itself is a very exciting biblical fact! Seeing the potential for growth in ourselves can spur us on to accept change and even to make changes.

So my friends,  focus on the good that change can bring. It’ll energize you on to new heights, new experiences, new ways to glorify God, new people to help, and new joys. You’ll need that as you go through new pains and new trials. So sing a new song with me this year!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving…! (Ps 95:1-2)

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.

*English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

7 Steps From a Defeated Mindset to One of Victory: Part 2

A defeated attitude toward life is so oppressive. We don’t have to live that way! (See my last blog.) We can change from being a victim to a victor, not because I say so, but because God does!

Here’s how.

Step 1: Get serious about changing

The first key is really just wanting to. Can I be honest with you? It’s going to take some effort. Often people don’t change because they’re not desperate enough. Listen to what Albert Einstein said:

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Many people  don’t modify their thinking and behavior because they simply don’t want to do what it takes. Don’t let that be you!

So let me give you a few incentives to push you to that point if you’re not there yet. 

A defeated mindset:

  • Robs your joy, peace, contentment; a full rich life.
  • Makes you a poor testimony to others; doesn’t portray the Gospel as attractive.
  • Brings God no glory; makes Him look like He’s not strong enough.
  • Generates a negative impact on all those around you, including yourself; making your life meaningless instead of meaningful. Nothing kills your creativity, job performance, or relationships like pessimism.*
  • Renders you useless for God and gives Satan the upper hand in your life. He wants to discourage you; to keep you sinning so you’ll be an unclean unusable vessel.
  • Keeps you viciously spiraling downward to the point of despair.

Changing our failure mindset will be worth the effort! 

Step 2 Believe it is possible

God wants (actually commands) us to change our wrong thinking into right thinking; to think like Christ (1 Cor 2:16; Phil 2:2).

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom 12:2)

By an act of faith we can take God at His Word and act as if it’s true. That’s what faith is (Heb 11:1). We can act like a victor because, in Christ, we are. Jesus has already won the war. When you are behaving like a failure, you are, in effect, calling God a liar. And I know you don’t want to do that! (Add that to your list of incentives.)

You may lose a few skirmishes along the way, but that doesn’t mean you’ve lost the war.

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 Jn 5:4-5)

Please don’t be overwhelmed by all this! It is possible to change because nothing is impossible with God!

Don’t live under your circumstances! Soar over them by changing your perception.

Next time I’m going to cover how to actually change our mindset.

Please leave a comment as to which incentive(s) will push you forward to a winning life.

And if you know someone, perhaps a loved one, that is struggling with this mindset in a big or little way, PLEASE pass this on. Don’t keep these freeing truths to yourself!

 

All Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.

*Michael Hyatt

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