Change is Hard
At times, change can be very hard. I don’t know about you but I know that I’m sometimes challenged when faced with change. I think it is safe to say that many people struggle with this aspect of life at one point of time or another.
God’s word tells us in Romans 12:2 (NLT)
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know God’s will for you, which is pleasing and perfect.”
In Celebrate Recovery we learn that God loves us where we are, in our sin, trouble and failures. Thankfully his desire is not for us to stay in our mess! Unfortunately, we can find change difficult, challenging and at times scary. If we aren’t careful, this fear of change can keep us stuck in our recovery from our hurts, habits or hangups.
Once we recognize this resistance within ourselves, we need to go back to Principle 5 in our recovery: “Voluntarily submit every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects.”
One of the beauties of CR is that we have those around us that have been there or are experiencing the same emotions. It’s difficult to change your thinking. It takes determination and the help of our higher power, Jesus to change. Maybe you gossip or tend to lash out at others. Or maybe it’s your uncontrolled anger or explosive outbursts that has your family afraid of you. No matter what the situation is, it is important to recognize that growth cannot take place without change.
Here are a few suggestions to help battle your fear of change:
1. Get with or find an accountability partner who can help support and encourage you.
2. Read scriptures out loud of what God’s word says about fear. Listed below are just a few.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”
Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
3. Let your new faith in who GOD is transform who
you are. With that faith, pray and ask GOD to
change the way you think, feel, react and behave.
4. Stay connected with your church and/or CR family.
This is where you will stay strengthened and
These few steps are just the beginning. With an open heart you will start to feel the difference GOD makes. With time, you and others will begin to see the difference in your life. Don’t let the fear of change keep you stuck. God isn’t asking for us to be perfect. He just wants a willing heart to work and to show his strength through.
And remember, no matter where you are on your recovery journey from your hurts, habits or hangups, you are not alone.