Sometimes You Need to Break It￼
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you
should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye
Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
Years ago I read a book by Robert J. Kriegel and
Louis Patler entitled If it Ain't Broke...Break it. In
direct opposition to the old saying "If it ain't
broke, don't fix it," the authors proposed that
some things, even though they seem to be
working, should be changed.
We can be stubborn and argue all of the reasons
why we shouldn't change, but sometimes change
is simply necessary. In fact, you change for one of
two reasons: wisdom or crisis.
You can either lead change or have change drag
you kicking and screaming in directions you don't
want to go.
Many people wait for a crisis to change. Some
don't take their health seriously until they are
faced with a major illness; others refuse to make
changes in their management approach until
great employees have quit. Some churches refuse
to change until attendance has dipped so low that
they're having trouble keeping the lights on. They
wanted to avoid change, but change is coming
regardless--even if that change comes in the form
of having to close their doors.
Just because a system is working does not mean
that there isn't a better, more efficient and more
productive way of doing things. Rather than
waiting for painful consequences to direct change,
you can go after the truth and challenge the way
things are currently being done.
Are you waiting for something to force you to
change? Remember: God promises to instruct and
teach you in the way you should go. Take steps
today to embrace change in your habits and
belief systems and get