Updated: Oct 21, 2021
Change is difficult for all of us - always. We prefer not to change lanes in life. Change can make us dread the night before the first day on a new job or the start of school. Why? We don't know what
will happen before we get there. Other questions loom in our minds: 1) Will people like me? 2) How much time will the boss give me to learn new things? 3) How will my boss or teacher judge my
work? 4) Will I make new friends? These common apprehensions wane as we dive into the new activity.
We may choose to keep our eyes on the rear view mirror thinking that "the good old days" were
better. Were they really? We shuffle our shoes on the sidewalk as pity fills our hearts about the
changes that we are going through. Please do not trip on self-pity or self-doubt.
Rather, find a point of power within the change. What milestone can you set? What goal
is achievable within 30, 60 or 90 days? Who can be a mentor or a sounding boarding as
you walk through this change? Reach out to them. Ask for their help. Be ready to reciprocate
and share your expertise to accomplish one of their desires. Make it mutual! "A man that has
friends must himself be friendly", Proverbs 18:24a - New King James. When we include
partnership in the equation everyone wins.
Several years ago, my friend told me to recognize that my new hires and I would deal with
change EVERY day for six months minimally. She prodded me to accept change through an
expanded prism and I urge you to use a wide lense when at life's junctures.
Envision upcoming accomplishments in the new arena. Build resilience over time and
support team members as well, when applicable. You will reap dividends exponentially.
I encourage you to think about these verses that Apostle Paul taught when we are in a
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way,
reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me
wrong. By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the
goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not
turning back, Philippians 3:24-14 - Message Bible.
Paul had the right idea - keep our eyes on the goal. He encouraged us to move forward
without turning back. Collaborating and finding the necessary resources strengthens the
work at hand. Maneuvering through change successfully is a marathon, not a sprint.
Set your pace to finish strong!
Calls to Action
1) Call, Instagram, Facebook, text or email, a friend, neighbor or family member that you
know is going through change. Give a word of encouragement. Share a story that will
uplift their life.
2) If you are going through a change and would like to have a Zoom seminar or conference
call about moving through change, message me.
3) Read other blogs: https://www.marilynnjames.com/.