Choices, Chances and Change

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Choices, Chances and Change

22 February 2019


“Why don’t you throw your hat in the ring and see what God wants to do with it . . .” Those words kept ringing in my ear on October 24 2018!


It was the advice given to me by a very wise man . . . my father! This counsel was in regards to a job I had not even considered applying for. However, there was wisdom in his words to let go and let God take control. So, I metaphorically ‘threw my hat in the ring’ that night and was asked to come for an interview the next day.


There was such alignment and synergy in the interview, that when I was offered the job the following morning, it was such a God thing (on so many levels) that there was no question in what my answer would be. A huge change for my family and I after being at the same place for 19 years . . . a new beginning!


New beginnings can be very exciting, maybe a little nerve wracking and stressful, but they always have that element of anticipation, mixed with the unknown, along with the potential to be fabulous! Many people feel fear or anxiety at the thought of change. However, if we put it into perspective, “Change can be scary but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.” - Mary Hale


We must make a choice to take a chance if you want things to change!


If you feel you have something holding you, your family or your child back, remember to, “Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and always try to be the best that you can so you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” - Joel Osteen


• How do you feel when you face new beginnings? • Do you let the fear of change stop you from positively moving forward? • What are some strategies to help you positively deal with new beginnings?


If new beginnings and change brings anxiety and stress in your life, then please lean on the promise found in my all-time favourite Bible text:


1 Peter 5:7 Leave all your worries with HIM, because He cares for YOU!


So if you have a choice to make, I suggest you “Throw your hat in the ring and see what God wants to do with it.”


Hayley Ferris

Head of Secondary


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