Matt Knight

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Coping with Change

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change. In our lives, we constantly must deal with changes. Maybe it’s big changes, like a career move, a marriage or a divorce, or other big life change. But we also face small changes – maybe it’s bad weather that forces a change of plans, or someone around us doesn’t do what we hope or expect. In times like this, we have to be able to deal with change.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference…” – Reinhold Niebur

When we fail to change, we can get stuck in a rut. One of my college professors, Dr Paul Fink, said “a rut is just a grave with the ends knocked out.” This reminds us that if we’re alive, we need to make appropriate and necessary changes. The only institution that rejects change, it’s been said, is the cemetery.

Change can be difficult, but we can do it.

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How are those resolutions coming?

I had a great run earlier today. It wasn’t great because I ran really fast or really far (in fact, I was just surprised that I could be outside in shorts and a t-shirt in February). It was a great run because I went out and did it.

Earlier, I posted some thoughts about goals for the new year. I hope that you set some goals for the new year, and I hope you’re sticking to them. Since I set those goals, I’ve been thinking about some things I heard Dave Ramsey say on the Fox Business Network. He talked about goals. He said that they must be specific and measurable, and that you should write them down. He also said that most New Years Resolutions peter out by Valentine’s Day (2/24 – a Saturday this year, FYI).
One of my goals has been to be able to score above 80 on the Air Force fitness test by this summer. That involves running 1.5 miles, doing push-ups, and doing crunches. In order to meet that goal, I’m working out more, because I have a specific goal. (Also, because I got my promotion last week to First Lieutenant in the AF reserve–which has lately motivated me).

I want to encourage you to continue on with those resolutions, set some solid goals, and achieve them. I’ve been encouraged today. Here’s where I’ll spotlight one of my blog links. I read Pastor Steven Furtick’s blog, and am often encouraged and challenged by what he is doing and talking about. This is a guy who is only a couple of years older than me, and doing some big things–he makes me aspire to more (it’s humbling and challenging to see that God can use young ministers to do big works). Today Steven Furtick had a post entitled, Just Do One. It’s motivating. He talks about some advice he’s received (specifically in the context of working out): if you have a goal to do pushups, or situps, or whatever — just do one. The point is, that once you get the first one out of the way, you’ll be able to continue on to more, but the first one is often the hardest.

So get back on track with those goals, have the discipline to just do the first one (push-up, sit-up, steps walked, Bible verses read daily, etc). You can meet those goals, and this year doesn’t have to be like all the other ones.