Ok, it’s been awhile since my last blog (or even a tweet). So, I’ve been thinking about what to chat about to get my mind off of the crazy programming deadline which is haunting me. I need to clear my head of lines of code for a few minutes and I got to thinking about change.
There are all kinds of changes in life. Most people are adverse to change of any kind. Some people can’t wait for things to change. Many times people who resist change learn to like it once they finally do. Then again a lot of people who press for change get disappointed when it finally comes. (Like I’m sure a lot of voters from 2008 are now experiencing) 🙂
Me? I’m change oriented. Yes, it irritates many I work with. But in my field it is almost a prerequisite isn’t it? I create software. Software changes things. Most of my clients’ workers who will use my software resist it, even if it can improve their productivity. Why? Because it is different. They are used to things the way they are and
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Really? Well, sometimes things aren’t necessarily “broke”, but they are about as efficient as a submarine with screen doors. But I guess as long as you employ a few full-time water bailers, people can live with inefficiency. I don’t know who first came up with that oft used quote above, but the concept is “broke” and it needs fixin’. I prefer this quote by author Gail Sheehy:
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.
Which kinda leads to my point about change. I didn’t start this to vent about stubborn software users. I wanted to talk about how change affects growth. Especially when it comes to our Christian walk. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that we should not stand firm in our faith. God and His ways are unchangeable, and I would not dare question that. The Bible tells us:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
So I’m not talking about “being carried about with strange doctrines”. I’m talking about changes in your performance, not your belief. There are so many things we can do for God to make this world a better place, but don’t simply because we never have.
Are we too comfortable? As human beings we have a tendency to get into a behavioral rut. If do not get out of that rut, then we stop being alive in Christ. Ask yourself, “What can I do for Christ today?” Then do it. Don’t just talk about it, change.
Sometimes we think our Christian life is not “broke”, so there’s no need to “fix it”. That’s probably what these people thought too:
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Sometimes you need to fix things, even if you don’t think they’re “broke”. Jesus gave the Ephesian church a pretty good report card…
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
and they probably thought that nothing was “broke” in their Christian walk. After all, sounds like they were getting the job done. But, Jesus continues:
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Oops. I guess they were more “broke” than they thought. You see that part about taking away their candlestick? …not a good thing. …and that little word, “repent”? That’s another word for change. Therefore change is not always a bad thing. In fact, it is required for growth. God is always asking you to change for Him, and as many times as you have to.
Nothing stays the same here on Earth. Change is a gonna come. You can use it as an opportunity for growth or you can simply shout, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”