Perhaps the two things I dislike on a personal level is change and conflict. Change is difficult, inconvenient, and unknown. Yet, it is the only constant thing in life. Conflict is awkward and creates strife. Yet, it is often through conflict are problems resolved and new ideas born.
In life, I’m learning a lot about these two things right now. Change is happening all over the place with work, my small business, and living on my own. Conflict in work policies and for what I believe also occurring Some people don’t want to change, which creates conflict. And as a believer of Christ, it is pretty clear in scripture that is going to create conflict.
But while these things are not fun, they are necessarily bad either. Without change, how would anyone get better? How would things improve? Change isn’t bad. It is good! But just because something is good doesn’t make it easy. We love to settle in our own personal boxes, and would live there the rest of our lives if we didn’t have an outside force pushing us to change for the better.
That’s where conflict comes in. Conflict and change often go together like butter and biscuits. Except they are a lot less savory. ;) I have yet to see a change occur in any part of my life without conflict. People who love you, and push for that change (whatever it is) are creating conflict out of concern. (Hm, another “C” word) Something I am terribly guilty of is rejecting the change because of the conflict which will occur. Why do we reject this? Why do we fight?
Simply put, we don’t trust enough. When we lead a life on our own, and those changes come, we react in fear or pride. We’re either afraid to change, or to stubborn to change. Trusting- really trusting that God’s got it under control would solve so many of these issues. But we don’t, so they aren’t.
The solution is simply said, but incredibly difficult to do. Because it isn’t our nature. At all. Through prayer and fellowship we can begin to trust more and worry about change less. But we can’t do it on our own and have a constantly godly response.
Don’t fear change. Embrace loving conflict. They will help you to grow in Christ. God is the one thing we can trust, because unlike everything else- He never changes.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”