This article is authored by +Fr. Nicholas Louh with Commentary following from Paula Marchman, MA, LAPC:
I read a study recently that found that people who live over 100 years old, one of their common qualities is that they are able to accept and embrace changes in their life. Facebook family, I want to talk to you on this Thursday about welcoming change in your life.
Friends, one thing is for certain in life and that is change is inevitable. Jobs change, people change, friends change, and seasons change. But so often, when we see the winds of change coming our way, our immediate response is to fight it. We hold on to the old. We hold on to what is comfortable. We think that the way it was, is the only way we are going to be happy. But what we don’t realize is that what used to be, what was comfortable, what was the “good old days,” might not be good for your soul anymore. Maybe that is God stirring us up so that we can go to a whole new level in our walk of faith.
In Deuteronomy 32:11, we read, “As an eagle STIRS up her nest, so God will stir up his children.” When you see things in your life changing, when you see your life stirring up, recognize that God is stirring you up so that you can soar like an eagle. Your attitude needs to be, “God, I know you are in control, I know that you said that you are directing my steps, I know that you are constantly at work in my life, and when I see the winds of change coming my way, I am not going to fight it. I am going to embrace it. I know you are taking me to a whole new level so that I can soar like an eagle.”
Fr. Nick is talking about accepting and embracing change in our lives instead of fighting it and getting STUCK!!! In counseling sessions, I process with my patients what being “stuck” “looks like” in their lives.
Is the visual “quicksand or slow sand, cement holdings, brick walls that will not let them out or maybe not let others in? Whatever the picture of their “entrapment” may be, the first step in change is being “intentional”.
Focusing on specifically what is changing in their life and what needs to change in them to receive this change. As Fr. Nick writes, and when I see the winds of change coming my way, I am not going to fight it. I am going to embrace it. I know you are taking me to a whole new level so that I can soar like an eagle.”
Rev. Dr. Nicholas G. Lough is the Parish Priest for St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida.
Paula Marchman is an Orthodox Christian Counselor and serves as Co-Chairman of the Family Life Ministry under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta.