I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. (Maya Angelou, late poet and civil rights advocate)
Many factors in our environment and activities may affect us—for good or bad. They may affect us to the point of personal change. Don’t fear change; respond to it with resolute determination to maintain wholesome behavior and your good character, lest you be, as Angelou warns, “reduced by it.” Change toward good things provides the opportunity for growth.
This same Good News. . . is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace (Colossians 1:6).