Many people are reluctant to the acceptance of change; they moan and groan, complain about it, and lodge a campaign to prevent it. Sometimes those campaigns have been good, other times they have been catastrophic. Nevertheless if you are one of those who have a challenge with change you might as well get over it or it’s going to roll over you anyway. Because as the Mayor of San Francisco stated, “you better get ready because it’s coming.”
There was a book called “who moved my cheese” by Spencer Johnson. The principle of the book is very simple change is inevitable so you might as well learn to identify the signs and then be prepared to move with change. Of course not all change will be embraced and shouldn’t be embraced you must be able to discern between appropriate and inappropriate change.
Examples of unhealthy change:
- Your children running your house
- People, especially Christians, living together until their wedding day.
- People, opting to receive government assistance instead of actively pursuing a job to provide for themselves and their families.
- Special interest being the primary driving force of influencing elections.
- People turning a blind eye to injustices and crime on the streets instead of being proactive in eradicating both unhealthy behaviors.
- Church becoming the least single influence in the home
- People coming dressed anyway to church, in the name of come as you are.
- Lack of reverence to God
- Removal of prayer from school
- The identification of Christian holiday’s with secular contemporary distinctions. (i.e. Happy Holiday’s, Spring break)
I am sure you can continue to add to the list of unhealthy change. The truth about many of the changes is that those who remained silent and those who went along with them are just as guilty for our demise as those who instigated the change.
- Removal of prayer out of school also followed the removal of prayer in the home.
- Christian holiday’s distinctions we too started referring to them in the same way and worse we began celebrating them with the same secular concepts of course throwing in a little God every now and then.
- Lack of reverence of God; we emulate that by our irreverent behavior in the raising of our children, the example we set on our work place, with our families, and our friends.
- Church being one of the least significant influences of the family. We are no longer attending church, honoring it neither making it an important part of our families’ regular experience.
I won’t go through them all but I am sure you get the point. We must not only accept that change is a reality we must also zealously guard our hearts, our families, our minds, our communities, our schools, and the like, ensuring that we maintain a say in the change that is taking place.
If it is true that change is inevitable what is your plan to deal with that reality?
Here are some thoughts:
In home stop letting the media, the schools, the community, or your friends be the driving force as to what you find acceptable. Take the stance like Joshua, “as for me and my house we are going to serve the Lord.” Curfew – when I was coming up when the street lights came on if you weren’t in front of your home, you were in deep trouble – painful trouble!So as we began change is inevitable just make sure you are a guide, an intricate agent of that change and not the residue of it.