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Keep the Change

July 8, 2010

Change is often what we do in response to some discomfort or another. As the adage goes, people usually don’t change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

But what is often forgotten in the discussion of change is that it is inevitable. No matter how hard I try, I cannot avoid change. To insist on not changing is to insist on the impossible, which only fools and children do.

So what’s to do? Change well.  Change intentionally. This is maturity. This is wisdom. Know that change is often difficult and painful, but to not change is not to escape pain. It is merely to be changing in a reactionary way. Reactionary change is pain avoidance, running away, immaturity.  Choosing the right next step (and each step is a change) and taking it, even though it may be painful, is maturity, sanctification.

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One Comment
  1. “People don’t usually change until the pain of staying the same, is greater than the pain of change.”
    “Change well. Change intentionally…This is wisdom.”
    Indeed it is, and you’ve spoken to my heart tonight.

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