Change is whatever

The new year often begins with grand plans for change. To a great extent change starts in our minds. Change starts with a desire and a vision for something good. Change happens through a series of choices.

It’s great to have a vision for change and important to identify barriers to change, but we put ourselves in a constant state of striving if we focus primarily on these things. Compartmentalizing end result from process and goal from journey diminishes our experiences in the present.

Right this minute, before any change takes place, there are still things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. What are these present “whatevers?”

Perhaps developing an awareness and appreciation of present “whatevers” is a change agent itself. By focusing on the present rather than the future we are able to apprehend the nourishing and encouraging joy, hope, and grace that are there for us in our present “whatevers.”

Lord, help me to realize and think about whatever is good, wherever I am, in each moment.