Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Change is a Good Thing (Trina Agee Cornell)

Again tonight, we are blessed by the thoughts of my good friend, Trina Agee Cornell!
Change.  Why does this word strike such fear in us?  Why are people terrified of what this brings?  It truly depends on your experiences with this word - and the amount of change you have had to deal with.  Bob and I are complete opposites in this realm - I have spent most of my adult life moving around, relocating, changing jobs, and crossing state lines.  Bob is a St. Louisan through and through - grew up there, went to college there, worked there - everything there.  You know they say opposites attract - in this case, they sure did!
Bob has been a runner ever since I have known him - and even beyond that.  He has run several marathons and half marathons, and will be adding another one to this collection soon in Nashville.  Along with this, Bob has eaten, pretty much, whatever he wanted.  I used to kid him that his favorite food color was golden brown- friend chicken, French fries, bread, pizza crust - and the list continues.  In the last few months, Bob has learned some of the lessons that I have - with us both in our 30s, we can't eat the way we always have.  Bodies change over time - and need to be nourished and fed in different ways.  
Bob was a bit hesitant, but he was ready for a change.  We researched good foods for runners and found a good list - many of the foods Bob had never considered.  We made a special trip to the grocery to pick up some items to try, and he spent the past week completely overhauling his diet.  After a week of making some intentional changes, Bob feels better than ever - he notices a good difference in how he feels, and how he is able to run. 
Change can be a good thing, right?  We just have to get over the initial fear of the new - fear of failure, fear of it not working out, fear of our own inadequacies.  Once we move past this, the opportunities are endless.  When we face change in our lives, it can be a trying time – it is hard when you cannot see the other side of it.  I continue to be thankful that I serve a living God – one that is by my side each and every day.  James tell us to “count it all joy when we face trials of many kinds” because we will develop perseverance – and a grounded trust in our Lord.  Change can be a scary place – but not with the Lord on our side!

God bless, Steve Luke 18:1
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