I like stability. For me, knowing where I work everyday, how much our bills are every month, that our business is flowing and sales are consistent are what keeps me feeling safe. So when things change on me, I don’t adapt well…at least right off the bat.
Thing is, change happens and we have to roll with it. People move away, jobs change, even where we go to worship. We get used to things the way they are and it shakes things up when stuff happens.
How to Accept Change Better?
Depending on what it is, make time to be sad or grieve over the change, and for example, a best friend moving to another state or country. Maybe, you’re quitting your job that you loved, or maybe your job description has changed. We need time to overcome the shock, the sadness and then the acceptance.
Here’s 4 tips that I try to remember when I’m dealing with a lifestyle change:
- Give myself enough time to mentally prepare. Having my emotions in tact is important when I’m dealing with an upcoming situation. I often will pray asking God to grant me strength to handle whatever I will have to adapt to.
- Nothing on earth lasts forever. Sometimes things come in seasons and understanding that helps me to not get too used to something. I don’t want to get so accustomed to a person or happening that I can’t adjust if that should change or go away completely.
- Don’t get upset. Getting angry wastes energy. Life happens to us all. I try to see the positives so remembering that helps to adjust to whatever the next chapter is.
- Change isn’t always a bad thing. There’s those moments when we think the worst scenario will happen and find out later it wasn’t anything like we thought. Sometimes change is a good thing if we can think more like the glass is half full.
The thing to remember is no matter what happens day to day, God never changes. He is stable, He is still and He is steady. We can always rely on Him to get us through what we face.
It’s hard to have to adapt to new normals but God understands all of this. Trusting in Him will keep us rooted and grounded through lifestyle changes and anything else coming down the road.
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12 (NKJV)King Jehoshaphat’s prayer to God when armies were threatening to come against him. And God saved him and his kingdom.