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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:28 AM

Growing Stronger through Change (2)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:28 AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:28 AM

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

"We get up again and keep going." 2Co 4:9 TLB



Max Gunther quipped: "When you're in a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope!" Resistance to change just creates ulcers, sleeplessness and stress. So here are some attitudes you may need to adjust: (1) Thinking like a victim. Stop expecting others to rescue you, feel sorry for you, or reduce your stress levels. Get behind the wheel of your own life! You're not helpless, and the situation is not hopeless. God's Word promises you "can do everything...with the help of Christ" (Php 4:13 TLB). (2) Deciding not to change. Instead of banging your head against the wall of reality, invest your efforts into changing what you can-like your attitude and your approach! It takes more energy to hang on to old habits and beliefs than to embrace new ones. (3) Playing the new game by the old rules. When a car that's stuck in second gear keeps trying to do 100 mph, guess what happens-meltdown! If you don't want to burn out, learn to change gears. When your life's seasons, assignments or relationships change, begin to adjust. Learn to play by the new rules, otherwise you'll keep losing. (4) Trying to control the uncontrollable. When the music changes, it's time to learn some new dance steps, otherwise you'll finish up sitting on the sidelines. You may not like the changes, but you can learn to flow with them. "We are perplexed...but we don't give up and quit...We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going" (2Co 4:8-9 TLB).

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