“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” (Author Unknown) Everyone is aware that life as we experience it changes, but most are uncomfortable about yielding to an unknown future. There is something about self, current life circumstances, whether good or somewhat meager, relationships, etc. that we become accustomed to, find comfort in, and are reluctant to leave behind as we course forward to new life experiences and new character.
“If you don't create change, change will create you” (Author Unknown) The individual who dreads any notion of change in his/her life and makes every effort not to change discovers that life circumstances take place anyway. “We change, whether we like it or not” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Wouldn’t you rather surrender to the inevitable and participate in your transformation? When I was a young lad life was good. My needs were met, school was fun, playing with friends was great, my parents took care of me and I even liked going to church. Since my dad owned a grocery store and was a meat cutter we had great meals, although I would have gladly missed “liver night”. I’m not a young lad anymore and have experienced many life changes thus far. Those that I willingly embraced helped me to mature. That’s what it is all about anyway. We change, our life circumstances change, even our spirituality changes. “We must become the change we want to see.” (Mahatma Ghandi) Unwillingness to embrace those changes hinders our progress; and anything that we allow to hinder our progress constrains us.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” (Reinhold Niebuhr)
~ Fr. Al Jewson
Rector's Corner posts written by Pastor Rebecca.