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“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Change is inevitable but growth is optional. Gas and grocery prices change daily. Our jobs, health, and finances can change without warning. Of course, there’s the inevitability of change that comes with aging. Growth, however, is optional. We have a choice as to how change will affect us. We can complain and resist, or we can adapt and improve. 


A sixty-three year old retiree sunk his life savings into a small restaurant only to have an interstate project quickly put him out of business. Facing his golden years with no savings and no income to start another restaurant, he decided to market his recipe for fried chicken. Within a few short years, Colonial Sanders and Kentucky fried chicken became household names. He simply decided to grow through the change. 


There can be change without growth, but we can’t grow without changing. And, the change produced by growth is always a change for the better. It’s how we become the men and women God designed us to be. Ask God to give you the wisdom and determination to see your opportunity to grow in every change and challenge you face today.

© Paul R Downing

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