Do You Fear Change?

by Jena Pinder • Media Specialist

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Webster’s Dictionary defines change in this way.: “To give a different position, course or direction.“ You have probably heard these popular sentiments about change.

“Change is good.“

“Change is hard.“

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.“

People respond to change, but most people do not enjoy it because they do not feel in control of their lives.

Recently, we have all experienced change. Regardless of how we feel about it, we have all been forced to make adjustments to fundamental parts of life that we never expected. Homeschooling our children, working from home, and attending church services online are just a few of the shifts we’ve had to make.

However, some parts of life never change. The feeling of a good belly laugh with friends who are like family. The love you feel when you hug someone. The pain you feel when you lose a loved one. According to an article in Psychology Today written by Dr. Abigail Brenner, in order to respond effectively to change, we need to practice the five “P”s:

*Have Patience

*Be Persistent

*Be Practical

*Be Positive

*Have a Purpose

Being able to accept change and adapt to it are two important factors in children’s growth and development. As parents and educators, we are responsible for leading our children to become adults who love the Lord. When we remember that God is in control, we can trust Him in our circumstances. If we trust God, we can allow changes to cause us to become more like Jesus Christ. Start each day reading your Bible and praying, and when you face transition, remember that God is in control and respond with hope and peace.

Three verses to encourage you during times of change:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.+ ~ Joshua 1:9

JMs. Pinder has been at ELCA since 2002. In 1993, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in English and Social Studies from Mercer University. Finally, she graduated from Valdosta State with a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology. Since starting at ELCA, she has taught third grade and seventh grade Language Arts. She is currently the Director of Libraries, where she serves PK3 through twelfth grade students, school staff, and parents. She and her family have attended and served at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church since 1997. Her four children have been fortunate to attend ELCA: Sydney (class of 2014), Jordan (class of 2018), Jacob (class of 2020), and Jesse (class of 2023).