Dissatisfaction can be a constructive force or very destructive one. It can either make you critical or creative. If your dissatisfaction is fueled by difficult circumstances or offences, it can move you to be destructive. But if it is driven by a yet-to-be-fulfilled promise of God, it can move you to make positive changes. Dissatisfied people can be highly motivated people, as long as they see the need for positive change.
Seven ways to turn the stress of change into positive action:
- Take a break. Stop, take a walk outside and breathe in the fresh air. Clear your mind so you can think straight and get your emotions under control. (Psalm 61:2) “When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
- Seek sound godly counsel “And being let go they went to their own companions.” (Acts 4:23). Their own companions were a group of believers that loved God, knew His word, and knew how to pray. Do you have a group like this you can go to when you have a major problem? If not, why not?
- Be flexible: Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape! Just because you have always done it this way, doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way - a more effective, more efficient, or more economical way.
- Review all your options. (2 Kings 7:3-4) The four lepers reasoned, “If we sit here we die. If go into the city we die. If we go out to meet the enemy, we may die or we may not die.” When you list ALL your options, it becomes easier to make the best choice.
- Be a learner. We all have to be willing to learn new things. Don’t be a typewriter in a computer age. (Dan 12:4) “But you, Daniel, shut up the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
- Keep a right heart-attitude. Refuse to get bitter or offended. Joseph’s life is a great example to us. Keeping the right heart attitude will keep you moving in the right direction. Instead of looking for someone to blame, look for God’s purpose. There is no healing in blame. Rom 8:28, Prov 19:21
- Be thankful. Find something to be thankful for in everything. (1Thess 5:18) When you change your focus, you will change your feelings. Get your mind off the one that hurt you and on to the one who can heal you. (Prov 12:25) “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
We are called to be thermostats, not thermometers. A thermometer just reports the temperature. A thermostat has power to change the temperature. Martin Luther King’s, “I Have A Dream” speech, is a powerful example of this. Caleb had a divine discontent created by a promise of God and a spirit of faith. (Jos 14:12) “Give me this mountain the one you promised me.”
As the Body of Christ, we are called to be World Changers and History Makers!
Yours for a Glorious, Victorious, Triumphant Church!
Dr George Hill
Apostolic Founder and President of Victory Churches International