July 10, 2012
I think one of the worst things you can do to an inmate is change our routine. No matter how much we beg for a change of scenery or different clothes or different people – the moment you force us to change our routine is the moment we want to fight it.
I’m definitely not “institutionalized” as some would call it, but having a routine and knowing what to expect makes the time easier.
So here’s what happened this week. They are changing the way we do our laundry, changing the way we have to wear our uniform and changing our commissary prices! And it’s all for the worse! My theory is if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it!
But my theories are just that… MINE! I am constantly reminding myself that I am in prison and they can do whatever they want. Then I remind myself that I can do anything for 2 more months.
Change is a part of life. Sometimes change is good when we are too comfortable in our own world and it needs to be shaken up a little.
Change is definitely good when God has a different direction He wants to send us in. Change is great when God is refining us and fixing us to be better people. And although these changes are for our good – they are uncomfortable at the time because it’s not what we’re used to. CHANGE IS UNCOMFORTABLE! But it is inevitable and sometimes out of our control.
So the question is are you going to accept it or fight it? Your reaction is what determines your future.
For years I stayed in unhealthy relationships and situations because I was scared of change. I was comfortable. And it only led me deeper into my addiction and low self-worth.
But I praise God for the changes He has made inside me and around me! Although I still sometimes resist the little day to day changes – I know it is for my good that I accept what God is doing.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.