Change – Fearful?

Change has considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. Obviously, then, one’s character and frame of mind determine how readily he brings about change and how he reacts to change that is imposed on him. King Whitney Jr.

While scanning the Internet this evening I found this article on change. Of course, this led me through a search on the Internet to find out about King Whitney Jr.  I finally found that he was President of Personnel Laboratory Inc. in 1967 and said this in a speech in a sales meeting quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

This quote is timeless. In present age of uncertainty many people’s lives will be changed. Some might change for the better – even if they have to work harder, face losing jobs or don’t have the money that they used to. They will be the ones that have hope or the ones that like challenges.

It is to the ones that don’t have hope – that feel like the whole world has fallen apart, the ones who are filled with fear – it is to them, especially, that we, as followers of Christ, can be a beacon of light. Christ tells us that we are the light of the world. He is our hope. We are to share that knowledge with others.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

I encourage you today to shine for others. Help them. Encourage them. Love them.


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