It usually goes something like this: I grow frustrated with or by something. It could be a situation or set of circumstances, a relationship or aspects of a relationship, or “things in general”.
And I start itching for a change, for changes – to change something, anything. So I start researching, however tentatively. I pray, however earnestly. I’m looking for all sorts of road markers to let me know whether or not I’m on the right path, if I’m heading in the right direction or not. Because something else has to be better than “this”, whatever the “this” may be.
But in this latest spate of Itching to Change, I find myself wondering if I’m wanting to change for the sake of change its self, or if I’m wanting to change because it’s the best next step for me to be taking. (And that can become its own endless loop, too, if I’m not careful.)
So I’m trying to wait patiently, to take a step (or six) back in order to see the Big Picture and not just the speck I’m currently honing in on. To discover whether or not I’m being prompted by God, by my faith, or by a selfish desire to take a route that looks easier and/or requires little change within me.
“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” -Ellen Glasgow
I have no idea who Ellen Glasgow is, but she makes a good point. Change for change’s sake isn’t progress. It moves me, but in what direction? Not always the right one, not always the best one. Constantly questioning whether or not I should or shouldn’t change, as noted earlier, is about as productive.
So what’s a person with an Itch to Change to do? Well, again, as noted earlier I need to wait patiently. I need to take a step back and look at the Big Picture rather than getting all in a knot about the situation(s) I am currently in. And one thing that helps me to do that is to mull over the following passage of Scripture once more:
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8 (NKJ)
Doing what is right, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God: Doing these things in every area, in every relationship, will help me make the right changes – within and without.
What do you do when you’re itching for a change? Feel free to share on Facebook or Twitter (links are at the top), or leave a comment below. After all, a journey is better when shared.