by Curt Dodd

How to Handle Change
Curt Dodd
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

''Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.''

Life is full of change. Everything about us changes. Change is inevitable. You can know that very simply by looking in the mirror. You're not the same person as you were two years ago. The color in your hair, if you're older, has probably changed, either by your own hand, or time's hand. In fact, life is a series of changes.

If you look at our very culture, it's unfortunate, but it is a fact, that few things are ever built to last. In fact, the technology is changing so rapidly that a computer that you bought ten years ago, or five years, or for that matter, last year, has already been replaced by a newer, faster, lighter, even more economical unit. One man once said that we live in a throw away society. Unfortunately, many of our relationships fall into that category as well. But it is simply true that life is full of changes.

Dr. Thomas Holmes identified forty-three (43) different changes in life that causes stress. His stress scale has helped people cope with, or at least understand, the combination of both positive and negative changes that create stress in our lives. You see, many of us in the midst of change, view all change as something that unsettles our life. However, in II Corinthians, chapter 4, we see that the things in life that happen to us can be grouped in one of two ways. It is either temporary or it is eternal, either it is changing or it is changeless.

KEY THOUGHT: The key to handle change in your life, is to focus on things that last.

But before we can understand how to keep that focus in mind, I want us to look at change: How ...

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