In a sermon a few weeks ago my pastor made this statement that caused me to really think:
“Change is inevitable – growth is optional”
I thought, “What? I thought you grow when you change or make changes in your life. I don’t get it.”
Then I started thinking about the changes I’ve experienced at work, at home, and throughout my life. What I started to see is whenever I experienced a change that was unexpected, how I dealt with the change usually made me aware of something I didn’t know about myself before the change occurred. It was my choice to either accept the lesson and learn from it or dismiss it as some random act with no value I could extract in preparation for the next event that comes up.
When it comes down to it we all are going to change over our lifetimes. We all are going to have events in our life that show up expectedly or we plan for but may go a different way than expected. The question is what do you learn from these experiences that help you become a better person? How do you use what happened to your advantage? What is the lesson in the event that you need to get that prepares you in some way to face the next event with a better mindset and attitude?
Because change is inevitable make sure you take the option to grow from the changes. It will make you better than the day before and help you reach your full potential and purpose.