Change can be a good thing. Change is usually a little intimidating. It can be fun; yet, somewhat scary at times. Change is usually intended to improve a particular situation or circumstance, but often times change has its setbacks too. Any sort of significant change in your life has trade-offs.
I’m going through a change right now. I’m shifting gears at my job. An opportunity presented itself to get involved with things that certainly interest me; yet, it requires moving from my current responsibilities that I currently enjoy.
Sometimes change is necessary because your current situation is bad or needs improvement.
For me in this instance, my current situation isn’t bad. Its actually great! I love what I get to do right now — yet, I’m totally stoked with what lies ahead of me in this change too. I’ve found that there is this healthy realization that the potential outcome of these changes might turn out to be much better — not just for me, but everyone involved with the change — than its current state. Yet, there’s a risk.
What if I fail? What if others don’t agree with the changes and respond with rejection? What if I regret my decision six months down the road? What if… what if… what if???
A lot of ‘what ifs’ are reasonable things to consider — yet, they’re mere speculation. The biggest what if we need to ask ourselves is “What if I’m unwilling to change?”
Missed opportunities tend to be our biggest regrets. Go visit someone in a retirement home. Ask them about what they regret. I’d bet that many of them would tell you about things they wished they had done, but didn’t.
And at the end of the day, change is ultimately inevitable. We can’t avoid it, so embrace the opportunities when you have a chance to intentionally influence change in your life.
Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:11