Change Is Normal

Everyone says change is hard. It may be hard, but it’s normal.

I often think of a quote from SoulTsunami by Leonard Sweet:

What is the difference between a living thing and a dead thing? … in the modern medical world, a clinical definition of death is a body that does not change. Change is life. Stagnation is death. If you don’t change, you die. It’s that simple. It’s that scary.

Sweet discusses molecular biology and notes that the 100 trillion cells are in a constant state of change (cells die and others divide to create replacements). Sweet points out:

Skin replaces itself every month; the stomach lining, every five days; the liver, every six weeks; the skeleton, every three months; cheek cells, three times a day. Ninety-eight percent of the atoms in your body are replaced every year—your whole body every five years (men) or seven years (women).

A few days ago, Sweet tweeted that there are “6 trillion chemical changes per second in body.”

It’s all pretty amazing. Change is hard-wired into who we are as God’s creation!

It makes sense, then, that we, as Jesus followers, and especially spiritual leaders, are called to be change agents in the world!

2 Corinthians 5.17 (NLT) …

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

(See my recent post: Change Takes Faith.)

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