Why Changing It Up Is A Must

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Change is hard, especially if you’re a creature of habit. No one can argue that life can be much more comfortable when we keep our environments familiar, stable, and within our control. But sometimes, change is necessary–even if it requires us to get uncomfortable. Changing up our routines, patterns, and ways of living can be for our good.

The past few months in my life have introduced a series of changes that have caused me to reflect on the value of change. In the midst of these recent changes, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons:

1. God is in control. Though we may think we’re in control of decision-making, God always has the final word. It may take some time to see God’s hand working in the midst of a difficult change, but if your perspective and heart are both in the right place, you’ll eventually see that God was walking with you all along the way.

2. There’s always room for improvement. The older we get, the easier it is to get cozy in a familiar setting or environment, especially a career. But when opportunities appear to put a new skill or talent to use in a different way, be open to giving it a shot. You might quickly realize it was the best decision you ever made. You might struggle in the early stages yet eventually discover that perseverance pays off. You might even find it wasn’t the best move, but in the end you can at least say you tried. Ultimately, give yourself some room to grow and make yourself better.

3. Wisdom comes from experience. Want wisdom? Get out there and live! The wisest people are those who experience new things and new places. Travel when you can. Interact with new people. Explore new environments. You’ll not only better appreciate your own upbringing and culture, but you’ll have a better perspective of how others think, feel, and react to life’s circumstances. Ultimately, don’t live your life in a box.

The late great actress Lucille Ball was credited with the quote, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” And while there could be arguments for or against this saying, there’s wisdom in these words when it comes to change. Allow yourself to get uncomfortable enough to experience something that could change your life for the better. Change may hurt a little, but with a positive perspective, you’ll become wiser and better as you let go and allow God to lead you on the journey.

Do you have a story or testimony of how changing something up in your life made you better? I’d love to hear it. Comment below.

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When You Feel Defeated (Part 1)

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At some point along life’s journey, we all experience the feeling of defeat. It’s one of the worst feelings…ever. Defeat can be humbling, depressing, and just plain frustrating. But if you allow it, defeat can be life-changing in the most positive ways.

In my own recent season of feeling defeated, God did a great work in me. Where it’s easier to bask in the blah-ness, God opened my eyes to something better: His perspective. And I’m learning that where we often see defeat, God sees victory.

Through it all, I challenged myself to 40 days of shifting those feelings of defeat into positive perspectives that reflect God’s goodness. My goal is to use these 40 statements to encourage others who are also experiencing a similar season.

Here are the first 20 days’ statements:

1. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is give up. But the right thing to do is look up.

 2. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is bask in discouragement. But the best thing to do is encourage others.

 3. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is blame somebody for your pain. But the right thing to do is love somebody even harder.

 4. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is be jealous. But the right thing to do is hi-five everybody.

 5. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do to bring others down. But the best thing to do is build others up.

 6. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is sob and mope. But the better thing to do is smile and hope.

 7. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is be angry with God. But the right thing to do is to exalt Him.

 8. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is question God. But the right thing to do is trust Him all the more.

 9. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is distance yourself from others. But the best thing to do is invite everybody over.

 10. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is binge on something. But the better thing to do is fast from something.

 11. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is surrender to depression. But the best thing to do is embrace happiness.

 12. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is punch somebody. But the best thing to do is hug somebody.

 13. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is judge somebody. But the right thing to do is love everybody.

 14. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is play the victim to everybody. But the best thing to do is be a hero to somebody.

 15. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is criticize someone. But the right thing to do is compliment everyone.

 16. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is break something. But the best thing to do is build something.

 17. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is cry for help. But the right thing to do is lend a hand.

 18. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is yell profanities. But the best thing to do is shout praises.

 19. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is beat yourself up. But the right thing to do is fix yourself up.

 20. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is be mean. But the better thing to do is be meaningful.

*Stay tuned for Part 2 of “When You Feel Defeated” in the coming days.