A Word from the Pastor
What is going on with our Texas Rangers? Ian Kinsler is gone. So is David Murphy. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Craig Gentry are also gone. Others are on the “chopping block” and others are headed our way. Prince Fielder and Michael Choice will be in Rangers’ uniforms next year. Plus — Nolan Ryan is no longer in the front office.
I love to watch Major League Baseball. And – I love our Rangers! Ron Washington is so much fun to observe during a game. He runs more during a game than some players on the field! And—I just like our team. I like the chemistry of the players. They look like they have fun playing the game.
But, the Rangers (like other teams) are changing! That is what happens in sports. Teams have to change to improve. It doesn’t always work out – but, they continue to change. That is just the way it is.
Change is not limited to sports! Change affects all of us. It is something we all face in life. So, here are some suggestions for handling change in your life:
1. Change is inevitable – Life just doesn’t stay the same. Your life will undergo changes. You just have to accept it. You may have some things that are very consistent over a long period of time, but other things will change over time.
2. Don’t panic! – When your job changes, don’t panic. When your circumstances require developing a new routine, don’t panic. When your family life takes a new turn, don’t panic. It is easy to react with fear and dread whenever change occurs. I understand that. However, we are in a better position to respond appropriately to change when we are in a healthy frame of mind.
3. Take advantage of the opportunity – Sometimes change occurs in our lives because of situations beyond our control. When that happens—take the time to reassess your own life. When a major shift occurs in our “life-atmosphere” – it can be a good opportunity to address some area of our own life that may need adjustment anyway. This can be a good time to do that.
4. Implement your own changes – Occasionally, we need to be intentional and change some things ourselves. We may have gotten lazy about certain areas of our lives. We may be taking things or people for granted. We may have allowed ourselves to embrace life patterns that are unhealthy. We may have not paid attention to someone or something as we should. So – sometimes, change needs to occur at our own making!
I’m praying for you as you manage the changes in your life!