Em­brac­ing Change

Activated - - NEWS - By Marie Alvero Marie Alvero is a for­mer mis­sion­ary to Africa and Mex­ico. She cur­rently lives a happy, busy life with her hus­band and chil­dren in Cen­tral Texas, USA. ■

I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the sto­ries of peo­ple who just up and change their lives. The suc­cess­ful sur­geon who be­comes a baker, the beg­gar who be­comes a Wall Street ty­coon, the soc­cer mom who be­comes a back­pack­ing moun­taineer, the high-pow­ered cor­po­rate cou­ple who em­brace min­i­mal­ism and travel the world liv­ing out of a suit­case. I must like the com­fort of be­liev­ing that if it’s ever nec­es­sary, I too can change when I need to.

Re­cently, our fam­ily de­cided on a course of change, one we’d al­ways said we would never do: mov­ing from our home in the coun­try to an ur­ban neigh­bor­hood with lots of houses and tiny yards. We made the de­ci­sion for sev­eral rea­sons—some more cere­bral, oth­ers more emo­tional. But one of the big­gest sur­prises has been the ac­tual ex­pe­ri­ence of change. The way that open­ing wide the win­dow in a musty, dusty room ush­ers in light and fresh air and re­veals the cob­webs, change brings new en­ergy and shows up the spots in your life that were grow­ing creaky for lack of move­ment.

I re­al­ized how fear­ful I was about los­ing con­trol, and how small I force my life to be in or­der for me to be able to guar­an­tee a spe­cific out­come. I learned a lot about trust­ing God on this ad­ven­ture we call life. When we lose the il­lu­sion of be­ing in con­trol of ev­ery­thing, we re­mem­ber how much we need God.

Through this sea­son of change, I made a pledge to my­self to keep chang­ing, to stir up my life some­how on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. I don’t want to move houses again for a very long time, but lots of other things are up for re­vi­sion. I have a new love for this prayer: “God, grant me the seren­ity to ac­cept the things I can­not change, courage to change the things I can, and wis­dom to know the dif­fer­ence.”

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Change is in­evitable ta­ble in life. . You can ei­ther ther re­sist it and an po­ten­tially get run over by it, it or you can choose to co­op­er­ate with it, adapt to it, and learn how to ben­e­fit from it. When you em­brace change you will be­gin to see it as an op­por­tu­nity for or growth.— Jack Can­field (b.1944)

1. At­trib­uted to Amer­i­can the­olo­gian Rein­hold Niebuhr (1892–1971).

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