Our reaction to change can either be positive or negative, depending on the mindset we choose to cultivate.
My church is in the midst of a building project that includes a brand new two-story children’s wing. Breaking ground this Spring, we have had to merge the nursery and children’s department together. This will allow us to demolish the current nursery and begin work on the new building. This is positive change.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to serve with the kids. During one of the lull periods, I found myself in a brief conversation with one of the volunteers.
“Those kids are so loud.” said the volunteer with disdain.
Now, I do not know this person at all, but I detected a consistent negative thread to our conversation. So, I changed the tone.
“Have you seen the new virtual tour video on the church website? I uploaded it yesterday.”
I went on to talk about how exciting it is that we are moving forward with the building project. I’m excited about where we are heading and I wanted to share that enthusiasm. Doing so ended our conversation on a positive note.
Funny how we get upset over temporary things and fail to look at the big picture. We can make the choice, with God’s strength, to view our current situations through a healthy lens. Yes, I’m preaching to myself.
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Changing the conversation is a real skill, I’m finding. I dig it.
It just hit me, in that moment, that we could either whine and complain over a little noise or focus on what we are moving towards. The person I spoke with was smiling by the end. Tis good.
Thanks for the comment, Josh!