By Robert J. Tamasy
勞勃．泰默西是領袖資產協會的通訊部副部長，這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。他也是一個有40年經驗的退休新聞工作者。他寫過一本書「最佳狀態的商業：箴言給今日職場的歷久彌新智慧」（Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace）。他也與David A. Stoddard合著一本書「導師之心」（The Heart of Mentoring）。要了解更多資訊, 可上網www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com 。
思想 / 討論題目
面對改變，你一向都如何回應？你是否熱切地回應或不情願、憤怒或甚至害怕？請解釋。 什麼是你經歷過最困難的改變？最後的結果是什麼？若結果是好的，那如何影響你對改變過程的看法？ 當你讀到透過耶穌基督與上帝建立關係就是成為一個新造的人，這對你有何意義？ 改掉過去的習慣、思想模式和行為：這些對你有多困難？你是否想作出重大的個人或工作上的改變，但到目前為止還是太困難了？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：羅馬書6章4、11節，7章6節；以弗所書4章20-24節；彼得前書2章2節；約翰一書2章7-8節；啟示錄21章1-5節
ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW YOU?
By Robert J. Tamasy
Do you, your spouse, a coworker, or even a good friend enjoy changing things on a regular basis? Perhaps it involves rearranging the furniture or decorations in a room at your home. Or redefining the business of your company – what, how, and why it is done. Or maybe you find yourself getting restless after a period of time and desiring to change jobs, companies, or even careers.
Change is inevitable. It occurs whether we like it or not. Take the weather, for example. I have lived in cities where we often remarked, “If you don”t like the weather…just wait a minute.” Then we have the economy, politics, customer preferences, or the simple process of ongoing growth: Change happens.
Some of us innately have a high tolerance for change. In fact, we approach it with eagerness. Others resist change, especially if does not come about on their terms. Whether it applies to business practices and systems, the introduction of new technology, or changes in personnel and leaders, some people embrace change while others fight it with every ounce of energy they possess.
Personally, I enjoy change – as long as I have a chance to offer input and participate in decisions affecting any significant changes. But sudden, unexpected change, or changes that I feel have been imposed without taking my interests into consideration, can seem very unsettling.
Change is a common theme in the Bible as well. In the Old Testament we see many examples of people required to make dramatic changes as God called them into service. And in the New Testament, it often speaks about the change that results through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Putting this into a 21st century context, it means spiritual commitment will have recognizable impact on how we live, how we work, and how we carry out our relationships. Consider the following:
Becoming a new person. The Scriptures tell us that having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ means gaining a new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20).
Breaking with old ways. Striving to be obedient to God, whether in our workplace responsibilities, our homes or anywhere else, often demands change – not modification of old, familiar ways. “…”No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins…. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins”” (Luke 5:37).
Building on God”s new work. The Bible teaches God likes change and seems to enjoy letting us be a part of it. That could involve the work you do or the way you do it. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist for 40 years, he is the author of Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
How do you typically respond when confronted with change? Do you react enthusiastically or respond with reluctance, anger, or even fear? Explain your answer. What has been the most difficult change you have had to work through? What was the eventual outcome? If the result proved positive, how did that affect your perception of the change process? When you read that having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ means becoming a new person, what – if anything – does that mean to you? Breaking with old habits, thought patterns and behaviors: How difficult has that been for you? Are there any major personal or professional changes you would like to make, but to this point have seemed too difficult? NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Romans 6:4,11, 7:6; Ephesians 4:20-24; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 John 2:7-8; Revelation 21:1-5