Embrace Change: signs that you are becoming stagnant.

Embracing ChangeI personally love change.   Always have.  Newness is exciting.  Change stimulates me. I don’t handle boredom very well.

When my kids were young, I would frequently re-arrange the furniture in my living room.   Why?  I needed change to cheer me up.

I change up my hair cut more than the average woman.

And what about “retail therapy?”  Bringing home something new stimulates a emotional contentment response, although very short lived.

I love changes in the season. I never dread winter being over…because I always look forward to spring.  And around August I eagerly anticipate the cooler fall weather.

You see, I have this fear of becoming stagnant…

Ever smelled stagnant water?  It looks gross, it smells, and it breeds awful little bugs that bite.  Little blood suckers…  I think there’s a spiritual analogy in there somewhere…

Signs that you are becoming stagnant:

    • You don’t have a dream.
    • You’ve lost interest in activities.
    • You don’t set goals.
    • You don’t look forward to waking up in the morning.
    • You cling to belongings.
    • You don’t take risks.

It’s impossible to grow without some change in our lives.  You can’t build muscles unless you lift something heavy.

We need to be open to what God wants to do in our lives.  We have to be willing to step out of our comfort zone, in order to grow and become more of what God wants us to be.  God’s dream for your life is so much bigger and better than you can imagine.  But God can’t work on you, or help you achieve his dream while you’re waddling around in stinking water.

Steps to get out of the stagnant state:

    • Write out a list of everything that brings you joy. (This is a very difficult task when you are truly stagnant.  Take some time and figure it out.)
    • Find your dream and commit to making every step you take be in the direction of your dream
    • It’s okay to expect more out of your life.  Start expecting more.
    • Get rid of the things in your life that are holding you back from your dream.
      • Fear of failure
      • Anxiety about the unknown
      • Worry over the expectations of others
      • Distractions (TV, Internet, Clutter)

 “God I know that you are in control.  I desire to know the plans you have for me.  I seek out the dream that you created me for.  Today I choose to chase after you and all you have in store for me.”