Not everyone views change in the same way. It’s a generalisation, but many older people regard change as something to be avoided if at all possible and if not, then to be managed or coped with to minimise any demands that particular change requires.
The younger generations haven’t really known anything other than constant change in the world they have grown up in and so don’t have an aversion to it in the same way.
We are currently living in a time of huge and rapid change. However, I believe that God is in much of this current ‘shift’ that we see in ourselves and in our world which means it is vital to hear what He has to say at this moment in history. With this ‘era of change’ being God’s initiative it affects creation in its entirety not just little old you and me.
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There are some believers as well as some non-believers who have picked up on this divine decree who realise the requirement to realign and recalibrate to a different grid. We see this manifested for example, in some of the up and coming priorities in many sectors of life and business:
a) Something to be truly effective it needs to be relational at its core
b) The well-being of an individual is vital for health and community
c) Living from a place of calmness or stillness creates happiness and contentment in the soul
d) Vision comes from giving significant value, focus and time to that which is ‘creative’
e) Healthy, successful leadership is no longer about power and control but about empowerment and release
Each of the above examples has an application to the life of a believer as well as to the church which, if applied, would radically alter our values, practices and enjoyment of life.
The outworking of this for us personally is to choose to allow God to adjust our perceptions and attitudes (especially if we have a negative view of change) wherever He sees fit and on any topic or situation (a dangerous prayer that).
Thoughts to consider
What emotion do you experience when living through or facing?
Why do you think that is?
Are you ‘risk averse and if so, why?
Are there are negative emotions (say fear or resentment) in your answer? Why not ‘exchange’ those feeling at the cross for courage, gratitude and adventure?
Ask Holy Spirit what He wants to show you about our changing world and His purpose in that.