I feel like God has a plan for all of us.  I don't think that God's only plan for me is to help race fans get to the races with the least amount of trouble.  I reach many people with this website.  I have been thinking about starting this page for awhile. Some days this page maybe religious, some days it maybe about attitude and some days it maybe about life.  Some days I will write it and some days I will simply put a phrase here from other people that inspire me.  Hopefully, all days it will helpful to some one.  I hope all of you get something from it at some time.

TODAY'S MESSAGE: Change Ingredients
by Joyce Meyer

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: ...a time to break down and a time to build up, ...a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, ...a time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away.
—Ecclesiastes 3:1-6

If you are stressed out all the time, something will have to change in order for the stress to be relieved. It will not just go away as long as you keep doing the same thing. If you want different results, you have to change the ingredients.

Now, as soon as I mentioned the word change, perhaps you tensed up because you are afraid of change. Almost one hundred years ago, the clerk of Abbington Presbytery came up with percentages for the kinds of attitudes people have about change, and I think they still apply today:

Early innovators (2.6 percent) run with new ideas; Early adaptors (13.4 percent) are influenced by innovators but are not initiators; Slow majority (34 percent) are the herd-followers; Reluctant majority (34 percent); Antagonistic (16 percent) will never change.

If you're like the bottom 84 percent of people in the above list, you want the safety of sameness. It is amazing to me how some people spend their lives resisting change while others thrive on it. Change keeps life fresh and adventurous.

Lord, my time is in Your hands. Help me to be fearless as I face change and embrace change. I want to be vibrant and fully alive. Amen.

Quotations about Change

If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got. Unknown

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

It is not necessary to change.  Survival is not mandatory.  ~W. Edwards Deming 

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.  ~Anatole France

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~Victor Frankl

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure.  But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it.  Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.  ~Shunryu Suzuki

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.  ~Robert C. Gallagher

If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change.  If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change.  ~John A. Simone, Sr.

When you are through changing, you are through.  ~Bruce Barton

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.  ~Confucius

Change always comes bearing gifts.  ~Price Pritchett

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.  ~Ellen Glasgow

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.  ~Irene Peter

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.  ~Faith Baldwin

The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.  ~William H. Seward

The birds are molting.  If only man could molt also - his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.  ~James Allen

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.  ~William Blake

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation:  If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.  ~Author Unknown

Stubborness does have its helpful features.  You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.  ~Glen Beaman

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.  ~Author Unknown

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.  ~Author unknown

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.  ~Jawaharlal Nehru

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.  ~Joan Wallach Scott

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.  ~Ellen Glasgow

Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves!  ~Andre Gide

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.  ~Pauline R. Kezer

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.  ~Japanese Proverb

Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing.  ~Paul Valery

It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.  ~Author Unknown

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.  ~Harrison Ford

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things do not change; we change.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Our only security is our ability to change.  ~John Lilly

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.  ~Bertold Brecht


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