Last time out, we dealt with the matter of seasons. We established that they exist, are tied to time, and allow for certain possibilities. We saw also that the reality of seasons implies change. How we handle these changes is a big determinant of our experience of seasons.
So now we would turn our attention to how to deal with change. I will be sharing three principles for dealing with change.
The first is this: Plan for Change. We saw last time that seasons come, and seasons go. Meaning that change is inevitable. It’s one of the few constants of life.
Proverbs 6:6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise!
Proverbs 6:7 Even though they have no prince, governor, or ruler to make them work,
Proverbs 6:8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
Notice in that verse 8, that they labor hard all summer. Why? Because summer is the season of labor to gather food for winter. Do you see planning: they, in anticipation of the conditions of the coming winter, engage themselves in the summer of labor, gathering food.
This is an important lesson to learn in dealing with Change, plan now for the next season. I didn’t say fret or be anxious for tomorrow. That would not be scriptural. But prepare today, for a tomorrow you anticipate.
The second is this: Innovate. Different seasons have different demands and challenges.
St. Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
This seems to be at odds with the previous point but it is not. See in the verse above that tomorrow brings its worries. This means that as much as you plan and prepare, you will still have to respond to the challenges attached to a season. Planning prepares you, now you need execution. It’s like fighting a war. You need to strategize for a battle. But on the day of battle, you still have to fight. That’s the idea here. By innovations, we are dealing with finding effective and efficient ways of dealing with those challenges. It might necessitate a change in paradigms, a change of approach, new partnerships, recombination of old methods, and so on. To deal with a new season, more often than not, we would have to innovate.
The third is Action. All that we have said are solid and powerful but have no effect if we do not act. Two major forces that keep men from acting: Inertia and fear of failure.
Inertia is a primary force that must be overcome to carry out a plan. Sometimes it’s might come as uncertainty or general resistance to change, to the unknown, awaiting a better time to act.
Fear of failure is another factor that keeps men from acting. No one wants to fail.
Unfortunately, success isn’t attained by doing nothing. Paradoxically the surest way to fail is to do nothing. So the fear of failure is self-defeating because it guarantees that a man would fail.
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
The gentleman in the above verse didn’t act because of cold, well in harvest he would not have results.
These are some keys to dealing with seasons. Let’s look forward to seasons, whether good or bad in our own estimation, because we know that underneath all that, is God who insists and works all things for the good of them that love him and are called according to his purposes.
In our good seasons, let’s remain humble. In our difficult seasons, let’s remain hopeful.