We all have a special jar in our house or compartment in our car where we put our loose change. You know that change that comes after you go through the drive thru and bought your hamburger and fries. People don't seem to know what to do with there loose change or for that matter people don't want to have to deal with it. I find nickels, dimes, and pennies all the time in parking lots or in the couches downstairs in the youth room. I even have youth give me their change on trips because they don't want the hassle of having to deal with it.
It is frustrating sometimes to deal with loose change but if you put a lot of it together it quickly because more than a few cents, it becomes dollars. That is when collecting change pays off. One hundred pennies, 20 nickels, 10 dimes, or 4 quarters all make 1 dollar. It is amazing how fast you can get to a dollar when you have loose change around. Still people don't like to deal with it or want to have to count it in order to make a dollar.
People don't like changes in their lives either. They seem to freak out or get upset when something changes. we all become use to the way something is done and so we expect it to be done that way. When someone changes the way it is done, we get mad and angry and we don't understand.
Usually there is a really good reason behind why something changes. Maybe there is a better way to do it or get more people to participate. Maybe there is a more cost effective way of doing something, or maybe the old way that something is being done just isn't working any more.
In youth ministry we are constantly in flux because we have to change the program to meet the needs of the youth. I have to change trips, times, curriculum, and locations to meet the needs of the youth. It works well most of the time but sometimes it back fires because the youth want to do it the way it has always been done.
I think the major problem with change is the way it is presented. People who want to make changes don't often do a good job of explaining the situation to those that are going to be affected by the change. People do not think about the best way to make a change or open up a dialogue with people about the change.
I think we lose track sometimes about how change affects people. The change might be needed and might be a good idea, but we don't think about those it affects. Some people may have given hundreds of hours and blood, sweat, and tears to something only to have it yanked out from underneath them without little explanation as to why the change was made.
We never know how a change is going to affect someone so it is up to us to be smart, sensitive, and timely when we decide to make changes. When I make a change to the youth program I discuss the change with my youth mentors, I talk to some of the youth, and then I decide what to do. I then make sure everyone understands why the change was made and what their new role might be in the change. Lots of discussion takes place before I make a change in anything that I do.
Be smart about the changes you make. Make sure people are well informed and that they aren't surprised by a change. Most of all, make sure you thank them for all the work they have done on something you never know how a change might change a person's outlook or make them feel.