I’ve heard and read many encouraging stories about the positive aspects of people’s experiences embracing the changes that come with aging. Well, now it’s my turn! I’m discovering the benefits of embracing change in new ways.
With my health slowing me down, I was realizing that I couldn’t do as much as before, yet there still seemed to be just as much to do as ever. I had prayed for renewed strength for quite a long time, but finally I began to understand that my restored health would depend on some lifestyle changes. I felt that Jesus had many things that He wanted me to learn by going slower, taking better care of myself, and developing some new work patterns.
God cares for every area of our lives, and they all work together. They all need to be in a healthy state. Some areas where I needed an overhaul, or at least some “tweaking,” were my diet, exercise, sleep, and work habits. Also, I needed to make an effort to minimize the stresses that I’d allowed to build up.
When I prayed, God showed me to make a list as a way of reminding myself of the benefits that I would discover as I implemented the changes I needed to make. Here are some of the thoughts that I collected:
Making this list and reviewing it has been very beneficial for me. The blessings and advancement that result from accepting and wholeheartedly embracing the changes God is asking of me are more than worth the sacrifices that they might require.
I pray this list will be a blessing to you as well, as you embrace the changes God brings into your life and discover the joy He wants to give you as a result.
I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart.—Ezekiel 11:19 NLT
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.—Gail Sheehy (1936–2020)
Nothing endures but change.—Heraclitus (c. 535 – c. 475 BC)
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.—C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)