Change is an interesting thing. It happens whether we like it or not. It’s one of those things that is so natural. Times change. Seasons change. And yet so often in life, we get comfortable and begin to fight against it, working hard to protect that which keeps us feeling safe and secure.
Well, as the discipleship guy at the church, so much of the actual change process falls under my umbrella . . . which makes my job challenging as well as rewarding. I’m the one who gets to explain to teachers why we’re combining groups or changing spaces or doing something a little different than has been the case. It can be a scary thing, to be sure! (for both parties, I might add)
I guess what I’ve come to realize through my years in ministry is that even I tend to get stuck in ruts. Without adequate challenges, I can become dependent on that which is known. It’s easy to begin relying on lesson plans from days gone by rather than taking the time to re-create something fresh and exciting. It’s easy to call on the same leaders for recurring tasks because, after all, they’ve proven they can do the job. And it’s easy to rest on my laurels and tell myself that things are — dare I say it? — good enough.
Believe it or not, I am very aware of the various emotions that accompany change: feelings of fear, doubt, grief, loss, and anxiety, just to name a few. Change does not come easily for most of us. But I believe that when we stop changing, we stop growing — as individuals and as churches.
I like what the pastor said on Sunday, that we must take an unchanging message and repackage it in ways that are relevant to people in today’s culture. We can’t be eight-track Christians in an iPod world.
With a recent move to Arkansas, my family and I have experienced a whole lot of change in the past few months. And I kept telling myself that this blog looked good enough. But I knew that wasn’t the case.
You see, sometimes we fight battles in our heads that our hearts have already won. So, I’ve spent some time refreshing the ol’ blog . . . bringing in some new colors, new style, and a slightly new way of doing things.
I figure if I’m going to expect anyone else to embrace change, I’m going to have to set the example and lead out in my own life too.
So, I hope you enjoy the look and feel of the new blog . . . just some little changes here and there that will hopefully help advance the message of Christ to people who need to know about the hope we have in Him.
IT’S YOUR TURN!
- What is the hardest thing about change for you personally?