Women of the ELCA

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Change is inevitable

Posted on March 22, 2012 by deborahpowell

I looked out of my back door a couple of weeks ago and to my surprise I saw patches of green grass. To see green grass in Chicago in the first week of March, well, that’s unheard of. But it made me smile. It reminded me that spring is around the corner. I took this as a sign of hope. Hope of what is to come. Warmer weather, longer daytime hours, picnics in the park, walks on the beach . . . just a few things that I get to enjoy when the weather turns warm.

Oftentimes people are reluctant to accept change because it means they’ll have to do things differently. Doing things different sometimes pushes us outside of our comfort zones, causing us to become fearful of what lies ahead rather than hopeful.

The one thing that I’ve come to know over the years is that change is inevitable. Whether the change is for good or bad, it’s something we cannot avoid. So instead of worrying and fretting over the unknown that’s brought about by change, we should accept it and the new opportunities that it has to offer.

When you are feeling a bit apprehensive to the changes that are occurring in your life, remember the serenity prayer which says:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

The next time you’re faced with a situation that requires change, no matter how big or small, how will you handle it? Will you get dragged into it kicking and screaming or will you sit back and embrace it?

By faith, God allows me to know that there’s nothing too hard for God and that all things work together for good for them who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Deborah Powell is the associate executive director of Women of the ELCA.

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  1. Syd said,

    on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:19 am

    So change is inevitable-why fight it? Fighting change only leaves, perhaps, bitter, angry and disillutioned folks. Why can’t we be cheery about it and embrace change? We don’t have to participate in the change but thats a choice. I’m always surprised to see how the elderly community embraced using a debit card instead of writing a check. Gosh those folks can slide a card! I smile when an elderly person asks me for an e-mail address or a website. They embraced change knowing how many changes have already happened in their lives and perhaps very rapidly. Change can heal our bodies-that’s a great thing! I believe change happens every moment in our lives and in our homes-some we eagerly embrace and others not but don’t be bitter about change. Apparently it’s inevitable!

  2. Jorrie Johnson said,

    on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’d like to see more online communities and Bible studies created for/made of Women of the ELCA with special interests such as young moms, single moms, empty-nesters, widows, etc.

  3. Linda Post Bushkofsky said,

    on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Jorrie, have you seen the 40+ Bible studies and resources we have available free, in PDF format at http://www.womenoftheelca.org? Go to our Web site and you’ll see we feature a resource on the home page. Right now it’s Resurrection: A Holy Discipline. You’ll see there’s also a link there to an A-Z listing of all the resources the organization offers. As for online communities, check out http://www.boldcafe.org, our online magazine for young women, and visit us on Facebook where we have an active online community, http://www.facebook.com/WomenoftheELCA.

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Linda Post Bushkofsky
    Executive director, Women of the ELCA

  4. Nancy Edwards said,

    on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Change is inevitable but sometimes it is welcomed and sometimes it just breaks your heart. I like the little book “Who Moved my Cheese” its about change. The only thing we can change is ourselves – our emotions and reactions. Being human means I get really upset when I spent years building something up on my job only to see a new leader tear it all down. I was angry and heartbroken. I was at retirement age, so I retired. Now I have lots more time to work on me and my faith life. I did see my job with patients a ministry for 20 year, its just he administrative and political aspect of the job that I had enough of. God Bless all the changes before now and those to come.

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