Life Isn’t Standing Still

Dear Patrick,

Life isn’t standing still.  The world around us continues to move and isn’t going to wait for when we are ready to move with it.  Change needs to happen because “the way we’ve always done it” begins not to work.  Leaders realize this and thus make tough decisions that impact many.  The hope is that these decisions are made with long term vision in mind and not short term gain.

The difficulty lies when you are on the receiving end of change and not in control of it.  Fear sets in because you have no idea how this change is going to impact you or even when.  When you begin to hear how “the change” is going to happen you think that you probably would have done it differently.  You are not in control and you begin to criticize.

Well…stop it.  You often talk about how change needs to happen in order for organizations or people to improve.  Remember that.  Also remember that you are not in control.  Your faith needs to guide you in all you do from this point forward.  There is this verse that just popped into your head:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

Soak on that for a while.  Anytime you have the urge to say or do something, read that verse before doing anything.  It will likely save you from doing something stupid.  God knows what’s going on.  If you trust that, your paths will be straight and you will realize the long term vision is being fulfilled.  Are you good?  OK…just wanted to make sure.

If you’re still thinking about being in control, look outside.  It’s snowing.  You can control a shovel later.

Your friend,



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