Kristen Strong says, “Change is a part of each person’s story as assuredly as the sun is a part of each new sunrise.” In this season of weddings, baby showers and back to school I’ve been thinking of what helps when we face change. These are truths I find myself needing to come back to, I hope they encourage you too.
7 Truths to Help You Handle Change
Change can be stressful, even if you want it.
According to research, positive changes like getting married and negative ones like losing your job both cause stress. Whether the change you’re facing is welcome or unwanted, remember to take care of yourself.
Change sometimes involves grief.
I’ve had counseling clients say, “I really wanted this change but I miss my old life sometimes. Does that mean I’m not grateful?” Grief is a healthy part of the change process. It means you’re letting go of the past and and committing to the future.
Change also involves joy.
If you’ve been waiting for this change, take time to celebrate. If you didn’t want this change, take comfort in God’s promise that the hurt won’t last forever. “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Change alters your circumstances but not your identity.
Circumstances are your location in life, not the place where you get your worth. Roles don’t define you; they’re assignments for a season. God alone determines your identity and destiny.
Change doesn’t diminish your value.
You may think something like, “now I’m not needed as much” but that isn’t true. You’re still God’s creation and part of His plan. Your value isn’t based on what you do but Who you belong to.
Change isn’t new for you, even if it feels like it is.
From the moment you were born you’ve experienced change. That’s easy to forget because every change eventually feels normal. You know how to handle change—you’ve been doing it all your life.
Change can’t change God.
No matter what happens, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He’ll get you through whatever you face, all of life’s ups and downs, the joys and sorrows. You’ll never be alone. You’ll always be loved.
Cheering you on,
– This post was inspired by Episode 33 of More than Small Talk: Who Am I Now? Here’s a 30 second preview.
– Knowing God stays the same brings comfort in change. Learn more about who He is and how He cares for you in Hope Your Heart Needs.
– The quote from Kristen is in her book Girl Meets Change, a book I believe every woman needs because of its inspiring and insightful message. Kristen is a true encourager and helpful guide who will lead you toward hope and a future one word at a time.