I’ve spent a good deal of time lately thinking about change. I guess that’s because I’ve been experiencing it a lot lately. Some of the changes I’ve initiated—eating better, exercising, and losing weight. Other changes I haven’t—although it could be argued that I did indeed initiate the change by having a child, raising her to the age of 18, and teaching her that a college education is important in life.
A member of the Chancel Choir has a saying: The only person who likes change is a wet baby. A lot of people say that they like things to stay the same but I’m not sure that I buy it. After all, lots of people like getting a new car or outfit. Lots of people enjoy a change of scenery, hence all of the trips and vacations we take. Lots of people appreciate learning a new skill.
What I think people don’t like is the transformation that is necessary to get to the change. People like the new car but might not like the car buying process and the haggling that takes place. They like the new outfit when they wear it but might not like traipsing from store to store to find it. They like the vacation once they get there but might not like all the planning required. You see what I mean?
1 John 3 tells us: Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. We are going to be changed—whether we want it or not. The question is are we going to enjoy the transformation or fight against it? My suspicion is that we’re REALLY going to like what we’re being transformed into. Are we going to do what we can to make the transformation go smoothly so we can enjoy being that bright, shiny new car so to speak?
Are we going to spend time exercising our faith by studying the Bible, praying, attending worship regularly, and giving our time, talents and treasure? Are we going to help SHUMC transform into the ministry God wants it to be by being willing to help with our own transformation so that God can use each and every one of us?
Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management has said, “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” Well, to quote the Borg from Star Trek, “Resistance is futile.”
So instead, enjoy the transformation and some of the bright, shiny destination may sneak through into the here and now!
In His Love,
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