I will be doing something this week I don’t like to do: change.
There are some things I like to change, and others I have no problem changing, but there are some things I will avoid changing at all costs.
Change is a curious thing. I have an Apple Watch with several very different bands. I like that; I like to be able to change my watch strap.
In fact, before I got my Apple Watch, I had a collection of watches in all shapes and sizes because I like to change them up.
I’m not sure I would have been all that excited about moving to a new watch if I couldn’t do something to change the look at least a little bit.
But when it comes to other things, like changing my email address, well, that’s a whole other matter.
I’ve had the same email address for 22 years, and been with the same internet company all that time.
But things are going to change here this week. We got a new internet service and TV package.
I really struggled to make the change because I didn’t want the hassle of informing everyone that they have to stop using my old email address and change to a new one.
The crazy thing is I don’t mind doing it for other people. I get those email messages that inform me that so-and-so’s email has now changed so please update my contact list.
I do it; I don’t have a problem with it, and it works fine.
But just thinking about changing mine, well, it creates a stress that is not rational but real.
It doesn’t make any sense, but I really don’t like the thought of changing it. I’m sure no one will be devastated that they can’t contact me if they forget to make the change in their address book … and possibly I could lose some contacts that are more like spam anyway.
That wouldn’t be so bad.
I just don’t like the thought of all that I have to do to make this change … even though I actually don’t have to do all that much.
But the thought of doing it seems a bit too much. It’s disruptive; it’s changing something that has been the same for a very long time.
It’s like changing out old hockey equipment. I hang on to the same equipment until I am forced to make the change.
Years ago I had a pair of long johns I would wear under my equipment. I had the same pair for so long that they had holes all over them.
I actually sewed them together, so that I could keep wearing them – that’s how crazy my aversion to change is!
With my email address change, the price tag was what eventually forced my hand.
We could save close to $50 per month by making this bundle change.
I just couldn’t justify my old email address being worth that much money.
And you know, just talking this all out right now has made the change seem a little more doable.
Here’s the thing: Sometimes we can get stuck in a sin because we have a hard time with change. Sometimes we have a hard time moving forward in our relationship with God because it will mean change. Be careful that an irrational aversion to change doesn’t keep you from dealing with sin and moving closer to God.
Question: What is something that God might be asking you to change? Leave your comments below.