A M Laos Buddha Park Frog Eating the MoonWhat do you think of change? I remember talking to a fellow who said, “All change is to be deplored, even change for the better.”

When I was 15 change meant freedom like driving a car. At 40 I was looking to buy my business. I knew many who were looking for that “big promotion” they had worked on for years. At 70 change probably means more visits to the doctor.

As I Christian I believe that the world both reflects God’s intention and is fallen. That is true of families, work groups and friendships. I am eager to look for what is right and to celebrate it both in your life and in mine. However, I also expect to see things that need change.

Now that is the rub – recognizing those things about myself that are not what God intends for any of us. Understanding why I do things that hurt others or frustrate myself means acknowledging my own pain, my part in perpetuating that pain and the harm I cause others. Having been through the process of change and healing literally hundreds of times I know in my head it is all good, but in my heart it is upsetting. Why go through it?

Why indeed?

About the author

I help people listen for God in their lives. As a pastor and a friend I think relationships are both fascinating and rich in their own right. I was evacuated from a war zone as a child and lived with to highly stressed parents. My life has been a search for Peace and the discovery of Joy in everyday moments.

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