I believe it was Mark Twain who once said The only person who likes to change is a wet baby. It does seem to be human nature to resist change that we are not convinced will be better. The greater our need or circumstances, the more open we are to change. President Obama ran on the slogan Change We Can Believe In. The current financial situation helped this idea resonate with the people. People want this to change. But what about when things are good but can be better? In this case people usually cling to great and miss the greater. Why do people resist change?
1. Fear of the unknown. People feel more secure with the familiar.
2. Lack of exposure to success.
3. People are usually satisfied with the status quo.
4. People assume that the implementation of a change will require an additional commitment of time in an already jam packed schedule.
5. Fear that needs will not be met with the change.
6. Concern over compromise. They fear adopting a change will involve giving up something they feel is important.
7. Insufficient information concerning the change.
8. Negative past experiences with change.
9. Lack of confidence.
10. Spiritual apathy.
11. Fear of failure.
12. Concern that the change will result in a new set of problems.
When we resist change we limit the wonderful that God wants to do. Jeremiah 29:11-14 is a great passage of Scripture to use when praying about change.