The year has just changed. Without exception CHANGE is an essential ingredient of life! Change produces a variety of new things: e.g. size. My favorite example is the butterfly because the transition is so vivid. A funny story goes like this. Two caterpillars, hanging out on a branch, are chattering. Suddenly a butterfly swoops by them. One caterpillar says to the other: “You’d never get me up in one of those things!” 

However, that which is so self-evident about life is what we most resist! The Bible exposes the bedrock of such fear.

Prior to their fall the Creator had given this injunction to Adam and Eve: Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!” (Genesis 1:28)

However, the couple rejected the Creator’s plan.

‘The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they HID from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.‘ The Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.’ (Genesis 3:6-10, 21)

It is not my intention to explore the depths of this section. However, note three things:1) The Creator designed human life for change that would produce expanding success! 2) Fear is the result of man’s rejection of the Creator’s design for successful living. 3) Fear, rather than conquering faith, is woven into the fabric of the human spirit. In other words it is the new norm. Change is automatically resisted.

 

Here are a few tips for successfully moving forward through the portals of change in 2018. Remember! A valuable diamond is fabricated under great pressure!

 

 

*Be flexible: It will enable you to better adapt to new people, environments and situations.

*Don’t allow fear to stymie productive change.

*Consider change as an opportunity for improvement: Without change, nothing improves by itself.

* See change as a new beginning: It makes life more exciting.

* Look for opportunities: When you adapt to change, you will find that different opportunities and choices present themselves.

* Seek learning and growth: Every time a change occurs, you have a new opportunity to grow.

* Move forward: Change has a funny way of triggering progress.

* Get out of your routine: Without change, life would be dull and predictable.

* Grow stronger: Change can be difficult, but when we overcome the challenges, we come out stronger.