Change by Sienna

 I believe change can sometimes be difficult while at other times it can be comforting. In Romans 8:28 it reads, “And we know that in all things GOD works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” There is comfort in knowing GOD is with us, even in the midst of change. A lot of people don’t want to be responsible for the choices they make, and they don’t want to admit their decisions have real-life consequences. In either of these cases, choices can bring about changes that potentially impact themselves and/or others.

     I always thought change occurred when you moved to another state or when you lost someone you were close to. I came to realize that change can occur when you make mistakes. You can only learn from them after you admit that you’ve made them. As soon as you start blaming other people you push yourself away from a lesson you could have learned. But if you stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible,” then a possibility of learning from your mistake is easier to come by. You need to keep your spirit open to GOD like in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”

     If I’m not mistaken, there seems to always be a guarantee in life that change will happen. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of life. The good news is that GOD has a plan for your life. If we trust in GOD and allow change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for the good of those who love him. Like it says in 1 Peter 5:10, “And the GOD of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

     We all know change is real and necessary. For salvation, we must change our mind (repent) and agree that GOD’s way is better than our way. We need the Holy Spirit to change us as it is written: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what GOD’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

     In Conclusion, even though people may believe that change is not very appealing, it may be in your best interest to help you live a better life. Trust in the Lord our GOD and He will lead you down the right path. 

By: Sienna Dittmer

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4 Responses to “Change by Sienna”

  1. Holly Killough says:

    Thank for for sharing with us! I love how you said to not blame others for our mistakes because then we miss an opportunity to change. Beautiful!

  2. Tracey Cox says:

    Very insightful! I remember a time when I had a lot of new bosses in a short period of time. There was a lot of stressful change happening, but now I look back and see how much I grew and learned during that time. I held on strong to my faith, then, simply because I had to. Good write-up!

  3. Kelsey Cox says:

    This is a great reminder that we should trust in God’s plan and know that many changes are meant to happen. I remember when I began high school and I had to get used to the drastic change, which I did not necessarily wish for. But, I trusted in God through that process and grew to see the necessity of that change.

  4. Michael Cocke says:

    Sienna, it is very refreshing for a young person to have your wisdom about change and owning mistakes. It does not get any easier with age. But having your attitude at your age, will give you an advantage. God will lay opportunities in front of you. If you are afraid of change, you may avoid something that could be a blessing. I have seen adults get angry about things changing. However, all change is not automatically good; we must test change against the Word of God.

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