What is change? Do we control change or are we at the mercy of unforeseen forces? Why is change so difficult?
If you breathe you have likely contemplated the answers to these questions. Change simply is. Change is constant. Change is not moral or immoral yet its effects should be considered with great care.
Let's distinguish between types of change--physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Humans are integrated beings of all four of these. Because we are integrated beings and not made of separate parts operating in isolation from one another, change in one of these parts produces change in all. This may be good or bad news depending on the type of change you are experiencing.
Change is a science and an art. Scientifically we can measure molecular and energy changes allowing us to apply formulas and yield likely results. This is typically thought of as physical but recent scientific discovers have revealed the physicality of thoughts, emotions and intentions. These all have identifiable molecular structures and can be manipulated with a formula producing change. The art of change becomes undeniable as humans encounter outcomes incongruent with formulas that can't account for individual characteristics and histories. Change happens in rhythms, ebbs and flows. We do not control all that ebbs our way causing flows of response. Control is an illusion. Quantum physics exists as a result of this truth. The free will of one's mind, the existence of God and uncontrollables in our environment reveal an artful dance required in an effort to create changes in the right direction.
The elements of change may seem overwhelming and are if we fall prey to the false belief that change happens by our own efforts and powers. The good news of the gospel is that transformation into our best and truest selves resulting in abundant life is a work of God's Holy Spirit. As we position ourselves to receive e from Him, he posits eternal life in us and we are transformed into his image. We rest, He works.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Rest in God is not a passive invitation. He invites us into relationship marked by partnership in his work. The active rest stance is a position of response. He acts and we respond with reception of his good works or rejection of them.
The Creator designed us in his perfect love yielding a free gift of choice. We have been given a will to pursue and direct energy where we desire. Choices in agreement with the image in which we were made (God's own image) produce optimal results in health and wellbeing. Choices outside of God's image produce destructive results.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction....then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you....now, choose life! Deuteronomy 30:15-19
Even our desires for goodness are from Him. What are we to do when our desires tempt us in directions away from God? Run to him and ask Him to put his desires in us.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:8
Will power is an exhaustible resource. The Holy Spirit is endless supply. Life lived in connection with God is supplied with every good gift. He is the source for the abundant life. The energy to transform into our best self is in Him.
Change is constant. Change happens with or without intention. Be intentional.
Be as Christ in this world who did nothing apart from the Father, lived a life full of meaning and lacked no good thing. His relationships were perfect. Christ had a healthy body and mind. His love was rightly ordered--God and others as self. He loved himself without distortion. Choose connection to God and watch Him create in you abundant life.