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The Dreaded “C” Word

Written by chaplain on 25 February, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

“CHANGE.” This word is being thrown around every day in our news. It’s the big word in the UK police forces. The Government is saying it and passing it down the line for the SMT to put into action. Officers in the stations are facing its implications. It breeds fear in them and all of us to be fair. “What’s going to happen next? How will it affect me and my family? Don’t they see it will not work, and don’t they care?” The list of questions change brings goes on and on.

As a Police Chaplain walking alongside officers as they face these changes, I get approached for answers.  “Chaplain, what are we to do with…

all we are facing? I am afraid for what’s ahead. Is this going to stop at some point?”

So, if you find yourself saying these things in your mind or to your fellow officers, I would like to give you some things to think on. Some hope and some peace for the fears. Here are 10 things for starters to ponder about change and fear:

1.     Our lives here on earth are constantly changing. We can’t stop it. Sorry for those who wish we could. We are growing older and it’s part of that process. We cannot run from change.
2.     Our focus and thinking about change must be long range. We can’t see the final picture right now, and if we could all of us might be terrified. Slow change over many years, takes us to places we need to be, but were not prepared to go to quickly.
3.     Change is going to happen. Will we embrace it or be dragged along kicking and screaming?
4.     Change and fear seem to be best friends. Must they be?
5.     Change can be good or bad. Do we sometimes see it as only bad?
6.     How does your personality handle change? Does it make you thrive or dive for cover?
7.     Where did we get the idea that change should never happen? Have we been promised that? By whom?
8.     Can change make me a better person?
9.     What if we could take the fear out of change? What would that look like? Fun and even excitement?
10. Change changes us! It challenges our world views, our faith, and our foundations! It’s a revealer of many of our inner feelings. When we face it be it in family, work, life, or even in death, it shakes us. That’s when we see what splashes out! It brings out what’s inside us: fear, anger, bitterness, or maybe calm, peace, or even excitement anticipating all the new opportunities.

Now you may be saying ‘Well, thanks for that, but you’re not in my shoes. You’re not an officer facing all this stress and change. You’re right, I’m not. And I can’t change the government or the police force you’re in. But I do face some of the same issues relating to change and the fear it brings.

I just wanted to possibly encourage you to sit down and really look at the changes you’re facing–maybe in a new light after reading the ten things above.

I also want to leave you with one other bit of hope as you face life changes and challenges and fears.

These statements keep me going. The Bibles says in Romans 8:38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus also says… (John 14:27) “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Lastly Hebrews 13:5-6. Because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

For me these are comforting words as I look at all the upcoming changes in my life. Its gives me something to hang on to and formulate my plans as life unfolds. It helps me fight my fears. I am also finding that as I am being shaken what spills out is much more pleasant for myself and those around me.

Have you seen the news today? More change!

Just a chaplain’s chat,
Steve Cowles

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