Change Can Be A Good Thing – Kenna Rago

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become”  -unknown

St John's Community Care
[I helped come up with the wording for this sign for Valentine’s Day!]

If you’ve ever read “Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life” by Spencer Johnson, you would know the allegory that is related how change fits into our lives. The moral of this story about mice finding cheese in a maze is this: You must change with your environment or you will not survive.

I’m finding that I’ve had to cope with changes and make changes myself throughout the year. I was originally placed at Coordinated Youth and Human Services as a paraprofessional in a classroom for elementary school students with behavior disorders. I was COMPLETELY unprepared for this placement. I have no background in working with kids with special needs and I believe that my personality is simply not right for that profession. When the stress of my agency placement started affecting my health, I decided it was time for a change.

My new placement is with St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville (about a 20 minute drive from my house). St. John’s Community Care is an outreach of St. John’s UCC that is committed to providing services to people challenged by aging and disabilities.  I am splitting my time between marketing and the Adult Day Program. In the Adult Day Program, I am running a pilot early memory loss program called Memory Fit. In marketing I do a lot of different things. One of my favorite tasks is writing prayer devotionals for the St. John’s Community Care Facebook page (Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/stjohnscc?ref=aymt_homepage_panel )

I absolutely love my job at St. John’s Community Care. It is a completely different environment where I feel like I actually fit in and am making a difference while using my gifts in an effective manner!

There are HUGE differences between Coordinated Youth and Human Services and St. John’s. Coordinated Youth seemed to be reactive in their mission. St. John’s is incredibly proactive in addressing the social justice issues they deal with on a daily basis. It appears that this general “forward thinking attitude” makes a big difference in the work environment. I am quite pleased with this change and am truly grateful for St. John’s Community Care. I look forward to finishing the year with them!

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Dear Lord,  Help me to have eyes that see the best in people and a heart that forgives the worst. Please grant me with a mind that forgets the bad things in life and help me to find hope in trying times. Most importantly, please give me a soul that is faithful to You, for Your love is Everlasting. In Your Holy Name,  Amen.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Heavenly Father,  Help us to let go of habits that no longer serve us. Reassure us in times when we do not know the next step. Help us to trust in Your Divine plan. May we surrender all our anxieties to you with the faith that You will guide us through the chaos of this World.  Amen