Daily Devotion

April 28, 2024

Why do we resist change? (3)

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecc 3:1 NIV


What happens when you try to implement change at the wrong time? For that matter, when is the right time to do it? From a leadership perspective, there are actually better times than others to make changes. Dr. John Maxwell, who wrote the best seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, says: “I developed the following checklist to help me navigate the process: Will this [change] benefit the followers? Is [it] compatible with the purpose of the organization? Is this change specific and clear? Are the top 20 percent (the influencers) in favor of [it]? Is it possible to test this change before making a total commitment to it? Are physical, financial, and human resources available to make this change? Is [it] reversible? Is this change the next obvious step? Does[ it] have both short- and long-range benefits? Is the leadership capable of bringing about this change? Does everything else indicate the timing is right? Before implementing a big change, I run through this checklist and answer each question with a yes or no. If too many questions have a no by them, then I conclude that the timing may not be right.” Timing is so important. The Bible says: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time” (vv. 1, 11 NKJV). If you’re thinking of making a change, talk to God “the timekeeper” and ask Him (1) what should I do? and (2) when should I do it? Then step out in faith and trust Him to guide you!