Change? Ew!

Change? Ew!

There’s a phobia for just about everything. Metathesiophobia is the fear of change.

Even though you’re (probably) not a metathesiophobe, you might be resistant to change at times. It’s actually quite normal to not welcome change. We dislike change so much, according to this study from 2010, “the longer something is thought to exist, the better it is evaluated.” Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, wrote in the Huffington Post, “In my favorite example, study participants were given a piece of European chocolate. It was described to one group as having first been sold in its region 73 years ago. To another group, the same chocolate was described as having first been sold just 3 years ago. Guess which group rated the chocolate as better-tasting?” The same piece of chocolate was handed out, but participants liked the one that was “older” best. We equate longevity with quality and therefore changing it must be devaluing it.

Do you like sausage? That’s random and irrelevant. But Jimmy Dean said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Such a great quote. It reminds me that change is inevitable so I should learn to adjust with changes. This is so important because most of the change you experience in life is out of your control. Jobs are taken away, despite your hard work.  People leave, despite your loyalty. Appointments and dates are postponed because the other people are incompetent. Or maybe they just didn’t want to come. Such is life, full of changes that we must learn to adjust to in real time.

Check this passage: Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

God encourages us to adapt to the “new thing” (change) He is doing in our lives. Memories are precious. Learning from our mistakes is vital. But holding on to “what has always worked” or the “way it’s always been” can be paralyzing. It can keep you from progress. It will keep you from the very thing God is trying to lead you to.