Recently, I have been reflecting upon how my words and behavior might affect those around me.  It is a fact ,that both my words and actions will cause  either a positive  or a negative reaction. We are aware that we influence our family and friends, because we choose to have a family and friends, but what about those people whom we influence of which we are unaware? Consider the brothers and sisters with whom we worship each week, how are they affected by our responses to changes of routine, to the addition of staff, to taking on new missionaries or just no longer doing things the way they have always been done? Our verbal agreement or disagreement will set the tone for our worship and determine whether or not God will be honored or displeased. I happen to love changes, I accept them as a maturing factor, in which God will continue to mold me and make me more effective in His service.  Do I always agree with the changes, of course not, when the doctor adds a disturbing diagnosis to my chart, I don’t like it, but it’s a challenge to see just how God and I are going to handle it; it’s not about acceptance or rejection, of the change, it’s about doing my part in order for God to do His, besides I usually don’t have all of the information, as to why the change is necessary and in fact, don’t really need it in order to be compilable.  Maybe I have an advantage, at this stage of life, every day brings a change in health, finances, memory, abilities and preferences and I either go with the flow or I become angry, bitter and a poor influence on those who are watching me. My husband and I often say, as many of you do, that we don’t want to be a part of the problem, we want to be part of the solution. So now, as another day begins, the changes, “they’re a coming”, I don’t know about you, but I’m getting out God’s armor and putting it on. Come on changes, let’s see what ya got!