Footsteps in Faith: How do you respond to the changes in your life?

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan R. Smith
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

SmithHow you respond to and prepare for change can determine the level of stress you experience in life. You may like consistency and feel more comfortable when you can predict what will happen next; however, you will always be limited to how much control you have over life and everyday changes. 

The weather changes from day to day and season to season, even in Hawaii. I grew up in Oregon, where the advent of fall meant getting out gloves and warm coats in preparation for cooler weather. It meant that students were back in school, football games were being played and hunting season was open. 

We also experience seasons in our lives. Sometimes everything seems to be going so well; other times, everything seems to be falling apart. With each changing season, there are opportunities for different activities that can strengthen your life. It may be difficult to watch things change or to let go of the past, but time moves on. The only choice we have is how we are going to respond when it does.

Where do you turn when things don’t go your way? The changing seasons remind us that nothing stays the same. 

Or does it? The Bible says that God “is the same yesterday and today and forever,” according to Hebrews 13:8. That truth has been a source of stability and assurance for me in uncertain, changing times. All of us have the ability to choose what we believe and where we will place our trust. Trusting God during the good times will help turn you toward God during the difficult times.

I don’t know what you have faced in the past, or what you will encounter in the future, but I do know that it will include change. 

My family recently moved from Alaska to Hawaii. Several extreme changes we noticed right away. Not that one place was better than the other — just different. We immediately observed the increase in temperature and traffic. Other things were revealed, little by little, as we slowly adjusted to our new surroundings. 

This autumn is my first in Hawaii. Going to football games in shorts and flip-flops is a new experience, one of the unforeseen blessings that have occurred because of a move or change I never planned. Moving is never easy and never permanent in the Army; yet the changes that all of us experience help shape us into the people we are today. 

Instead of complaining about negative changes, try to focus on all the blessings that come through change. The next time you move, realize that God is right there with you. He will help you move past the challenges and the changes that take place in your life. 

Remember God is still in control, and he will always love you. That is one thing that will never change — forever.

CHAPLAIN (CaPT.) JONATHAN R. SMITH2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry DivisionHow you respond to and prepare for change can determine the level of stress you experience in life. You may like consistency and feel more comfortable when you can predict what will happen next; however, you will always be limited to how much control you have over life and everyday changes. The weather changes from day to day and season to season, even in Hawaii. I grew up in Oregon, where the advent of fall meant getting out gloves and warm coats in preparation for cooler weather. It meant that students were back in school, football games were being played and hunting season was open. We also experience seasons in our lives. Sometimes everything seems to be going so well; other times, everything seems to be falling apart. With each changing season, there are opportunities for different activities that can strengthen your life. It may be difficult to watch things change or to let go of the past, but time moves on. The only choice we have is how we are going to respond when it does.Where do you turn when things don’t go your way? The changing seasons remind us that nothing stays the same. Or does it? The Bible says that God “is the same yesterday and today and forever,” according to Hebrews 13:8. That truth has been a source of stability and assurance for me in uncertain, changing times. All of us have the ability to choose what we believe and where we will place our trust. Trusting God during the good times will help turn you toward God during the difficult times.I don’t know what you have faced in the past, or what you will encounter in the future, but I do know that it will include change. My family recently moved from Alaska to Hawaii. Several extreme changes we noticed right away. Not that one place was better than the other — just different. We immediately observed the increase in temperature and traffic. Other things were revealed, little by little, as we slowly adjusted to our new surroundings. This autumn is my first in Hawaii. Going to football games in shorts and flip-flops is a new experience, one of the unforeseen blessings that have occurred because of a move or change I never planned. Moving is never easy and never permanent in the Army; yet the changes that all of us experience help shape us into the people we are today. Instead of complaining about negative changes, try to focus on all the blessings that come through change. The next time you move, realize that God is right there with you. He will help you move past the challenges and the changes that take place in your life. Remember God is still in control, and he will always love you. That is one thing that will never change — forever.

Category: Footsteps in Faith, News, Standing Columns

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *