The quote that I want to highlight this week is one that I came across recently as I was doing some reading. It has to do with change. Before I tell you the quote, I realize that some people like change and others do not. That's not really what this quote is about. Change happens all the time and some of us embrace it and some of us do not. But what stuck out to me was this quote:
"Unimplemented change eventually becomes regret. So change." (Carey Nieuwhof)
This has far more to do with how I change personally than change that comes at me from external sources. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard or thought, "I felt I should have done ______, but I didn't, and I really wish I had." It is amazing how many times there are opportunities to do something (or conversely, to avoid doing something) and we miss it. Sometimes it's because we are fearful. Sometimes because it is too much work and we are lazy. Sometimes because we are unsure if it will work. Sometimes because the status quo seems preferable. Yet so often in those cases, we will eventually look back and wish that we had the done that thing that we knew was right. We knew God was leading us into it, but we did not. So what change is God leading you into today?
- Making a change in your career / job?
- Embracing a relationship? Getting out of a relationship?
- Asking for forgiveness? Forgiving someone?
- Taking a risk to volunteer for something you have not done before?
- Step into a leadership role?
- Go back to school?
- Change a habit or two?
Whatever it is, I encourage you to go for it. If God is leading you into it, then do it. I do not want to get to the end of my life and have regrets. I'd rather give it a shot and see where God takes me. I am sure that deep down you feel the same. Change is going to happen regardless, so it is so much better if you own it and change proactively rather than reactively.
So take a deep breath and make the change. It will be so much better than regret.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.