Karen Jordan

Embracing Change

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed …. 
(1 Cor. 15:51 TNIV)

I first noticed this scripture many years ago displayed on wall mural in our church’s nursery. I laughed at the clever inference to the care of the babies. But the verse also prompted me to research the biblical context of the scripture.

Facing change. Change is inevitable. And many times it arrives when least expected—like a surprise pregnancy, an untimely death, or even opportunity that you never dreamed possible.

The Bible also reminds us, “… in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye … we will be changed” (52).

Politicians also promise us change, as we’ve all heard recently in the presidential debates. But their promises often prove to be as empty and meaningless as their rhetoric, no matter how well intended.

Embracing change. I embrace change at times, especially with my writing projects. The writing process requires many revisions. Some people believe writing is just a three-step process—pre-writing, writing, and re-writing. But most writers agree that each of these steps involves other work.

For instance, the beginning of the composing process involves things like brainstorming, asking questions,
researching, outlining, and other pre-writing strategies. Even the simplest article blog post requires multiple revisions—this article needed a number of clarifications and rewriting efforts.

But even though God’s Word promises change, the scriptures also encourage us to “… stand firm. Let nothing move you … ” in your faith (58).

So whether you’re facing change or holding firm in your writing journey, remember, “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (58b).


Where are you embracing change in your writing journey?


Karen Jordan writes creative nonfiction about her faith, family, and writing. She also encourages others to “tell the stories that matter most” in her writing workshops, her blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories, and her website (www.karenjordan.net).

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