Facing Change With Confidence

September 17, 2012 — 58 Comments
Facing Change With Confidence | Joseph Lalonde

Today, I am writing as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. The theme for September is “Change.” If you are a Christian author or writer, be sure to check out Christianwriters.com to network with others.

The pace of life seems to be ever increasing. Along with the increased pace comes increased change.

Your looks change, your children change, your friendships change, your life changes…

All this change can be scary.

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The good news is: It doesn’t have to be as scary as you make it.

Change isn’t always bad. It’s just different.

Sometimes it’s slow. Sometimes change comes quickly.

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
– Taylor Swift

I’m sure you can think of bad changes and good changes that had occurred in your life.

Maybe it was a broken relationship. The death of a loved one. Or a failed career. Change came.

Or maybe the change was good.

You got married. You had a child. Or you moved out on your own for the first time. Exciting changes, right?

But there’s probably still a tingle of fear in the change. That’s alright. Change is uncomfortable.

Change causes us to move from one level to another. Often pushing us out of our comfort zones.

And yet I believe we can approach each change with confidence.

To approach change with confidence, you must have the correct mindset.

That mindset tells you that change happens not to harm us but to give us a future.

The Bible gives us reaffirms that we can face change with confidence.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a perfect example -

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Does this sound like change should be fearful? I don’t think so.

Instead, we need to put our focus on the one who created us. He knows the plans. He knows the way. And He wants to see us prosper with a bright future.

Choose today to believe in this promise and begin to face your changes with confidence.

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
– Eckhart Tolle

Question: How do you view change? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I look at change as an opportunity. I evaluate if change needs to happen. If so, then I embrace it.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That’s the way to do it Larry. How do you think that’s improved your life?

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    That’s true, Joe. Change is inevitable and at times, uncomfortable. But we have our heavenly Father who KNOWS our change even before we change! He is good and His will for our lives is always to give us the best.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Right on Joe!

  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    Generally the change that I know is coming, I can look forward to and mentally prepare for, but the changes that come out of nowhere are the ones that I find to be more scary. I know with God by my side that I can handle anything… that’s the strength I need to overcome any fear!

    I really enjoyed this today Joe, keep up the excellent work here, you’re a blessing to all that stop by :-)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That’s understandable Chris. The sudden changes give you no time to prepare and we have to shift immediately. Thankfully we have a wonderful God who’s there to lead and guide us.

  • http://www.charlielyons.ca/ Charlie Lyons

    Joe,
    Once again your post is refreshing and timely for me. I appreciate your posts so much. A blessing indeed. Thank you, friend.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Glad to provide something relevant and timely. I pray the changes you are facing will only advance and benefit you as time goes on.

      • http://www.charlielyons.ca/ Charlie Lyons

        Thanks, Joe. I appreciate your kind words. Keep on going, man. Your posts are always encouraging!

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Change is hard. Change is scary, Change for so many never happens because they allow the fear of change to keep them in the status quo. I try to make sure I keep myself changing things up every so often to keep an edge. Great post.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Yup Lincoln, changing things up is one way to keep an edge. How do you design change into your life?

      • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

        I don’t do anything special Joe. If I see a pattern forming I try not to do those same things again that week. Its a week by week basis for me, but nothing special.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           Thanks for sharing your method. Sometimes it may seem obvious to us but hearing it from another can be that kick we need!

  • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

    I like that last quote by E Tolle.
    I’ve not always had a healthy view of change.. But i’ve gone through enough seasons of transitions that i just had to adjust my mindset, with the help of God. I keep my focus on God. emotions will always get stirred (anxiety, fear e.t.c) but its what i do with them that matters – acknowledge them yes but go ahead to dwell on what God says, not what i feel. Great thoughts

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      It’s exciting to see people’s view of change change. (-: As we begin to dwell in God and His goodness we discover it’s for the best, huh?

  • http://heathercking.wordpress.com/ Heather King

    I love your final quote also and the idea that change creates space for something new.  It reminds me of such a great verse: “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”  (Isaiah 43:19).

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Awesome scripture to go along with this post Heather. His new thing requires change and growth. How are you pursuing it?

  • Carol Peterson

    Great post, Joe. Right now I’m reading Mark Batterson’s “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day” about challenges God places in front of you which are opportunities for growth. One line I love is: “…the alternative to fear is boredom…it means we’re refusing to be who God made us to be. If you’re bored, one thing is for sure: You’re not following in the footsteps of Christ.”

    Yeh. Change is scary but it is good and necessary and pleasing to God when we change in the direction of heading His way. Thanks for the awesome post.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Excellent book Carol! It’s amazing how loaded that small bit of scripture can be. 

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I just picked up a copy of Batterson’s book. Looks like it will be challenging.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        I thought it was pretty challenging. Let us know what you think about it.

  • Tracy Krauss

    That passage in Jeremiah is one of my favorites! 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I know Tracy! It’s refreshing and reassuring that things are working together for our good.

  • http://www.iwasthinking.me/ Bill Jones

    Thanks Joe – good thoughts. I tend to avoid change unless I see the need – or, of course, if God decides it’s time, whether I like it or not.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Bill, a lot of us avoid change for one reason or another. It’s painful and uncomfortable, at times. But we tend to come out better when we take that step and go towards the change.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Change is requires if we want to reach our potential. It might take courage and hurt a little but it’s a necessary part of life. God wants His people to be changing and becoming better. This is such a great post bro!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Thanks Dan. You’re right. As we begin to embrace change, we tend to become better. How do you embrace change?

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        I try to embrace change with a learning attitude. Knowing if I change I can become better.

  • Brian K Wright

    I love this post, Joe! Sometimes I think of change like the changing of the seasons. Every new phase carries its seed of goodness and excellence, and each builds upon the previous step. It’s all about trusting God’s reasons.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Right on Brian!

  • Jack Brown

    the bigger the change….the bigger the Changeless One
    biiiiig hug

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I like how you put that Jack! The Changeless One certainly has provided enough ways for us to change.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I have never been a big fan of change, but I have learned to flex a little as the years have gone on and life has forced the issue.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I can sympathize with that Jon. Change isn’t always pleasant. You’re on the right track learning to flex and bend as change comes your way.

  • jeff

    When I look at change from the perspective of making changes that I really don’t want to make at all, I can sympathize very well with someone who said, “I don’t like change.”  But when I look at the things that clearly annoy and bother me, there’s no way I can stay unchanged.

    My perspective of change is awfully distorted.   God himself continually brings changes, many of which I predicted to be counterproductive, too fast, or too slow.  

    While my life may seem stubbornly stagnant on the outside, make no mistake: there are so many little changes going on, that I am constantly overwhelmed, barely holding on.  And frankly, the only one to hold onto is God.  And if that seems like a cliche, I assure you, I have no other way to put it.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Jeff, I’m with you. Change often looks very scary and unwanted and painful. One way I try to look at change is to look at it like exercise. We don’t always want to exercise. It takes up too much time. It hurts. It wears me out. In the end though, it improves my well-being. I think the same truth applies to change.

      • jeff

        You are saying that change is intentional, rather than what God already brings?

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          It’s not either/or. Some change is from God. Other change can be from our own choosing. God did give us a free will to choose our path.

  • http://twitter.com/LeadingEveryday Juan Cruz Jr

    Joe, I truly embrace change.Probably more so in the last year or so. I feel it’s a fresh start. I no longer have the anxiety I use to have when a change occurred. I look at it as new opportunity, a new beginning, a fresh outlook on things. Yes, it can be scary because we have no clue of what those changes maybe, but what it certainly can be, is a path to growth. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Juan, I’m proud of you for learning to embrace and face the changes that come at you in life. You’re on the right path as you see it as a way to grow.

  • http://DavidHelmsBlog.com/ David Helms

    Change can also be addictive. There was a time in my life when I moved five times in six years. When I felt called to put down roots and invest in a community it was terrifying and almost alien.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I hadn’t thought of it like that David. You come with a valid point.

      When you were called to put down roots, how did you overcome your addiction to change?

      • http://DavidHelmsBlog.com/ David Helms

        It became a choice to either do it or not. I chose to do it. I bought a house.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    I’m usually slow to liking change, but as I grow in Christ and get more comfortable trusting Him, it’s been easier to embrace change. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      It’s amazing the peace that can come when we accept that He knows our steps and what will come from it. Glad you’re resting in that knowledge TC.

  • http://tracibonney.com/ TraciB

    If it’s a change I’ve been wanting, I look forward to it. If the change is something being imposed upon me by someone else or shifting circumstances, I have to adjust to the situation, but eventually I embrace it. Why sit around sulking over something that’s going to happen anyway? Better to deal with it and adjust than to resist and possibly miss God’s plan.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Good mindset to have Traci.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    The older I get the more I understand that life is change.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       One of the greatest truths we could ever learn Dan.

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        And I think I stole the line from the movie Ratatouille. 

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           Haha, it’s amazing the wisdom that can come from movies…

  • Terrie

    All change is scary at first, especially those that come out of left field, the unexpected that turn our world upside down. But I have come to accept change for the most part, whether I like it or not, I find in hindsight all change is usually for the better. Peace and Blessings! 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      It can be hard to face change Terrie. Isn’t it amazing that we forget so often that most of change has been for the best?

  • http://www.stephanieboles.com/ Stephanie Boles

    Speaking as someone who prefers to avoid change, your words not only encourage me but remind me not to let my dislike of change hinder the plans God has for my life. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my life-verses. Awesome post. Thank you.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Glad to have been an encouragement to you Stephanie.

  • Jackman Erin

    Change can be good, but hard when it all comes at once.  Thanks for the reminder of Jer. 29:11

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Erin, so true. Sometimes it can feel like we’ve been steamrolled by change. But if we persevere, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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