Came across this video on the website of Kent Covenant Church a couple of weeks ago – and thought it went beautifully with the pastor’s message this morning on ‘Change’.
The interesting thing about the subject of change is this: It’s going to happen whether or not we want it to. And just like the character’s in the book and animated movie, “Who moved my cheese?” – it happens without asking anyone’s permission. We have a choice – we can chase after that change – or stubbornly refuse to move – thinking that things will come back to where they should be and where we’re comfortable with them. It is those people – with that thinking – who ultimately miss out. And that includes missing out on the new ways that God speaks to a generation – through music, message and progress of the world’s technology.
The pastor this morning referred to a book written by a church consultant who had studied churches – those that were thriving and those that were dying – and it had nothing to do with ‘numbers’ per say – but with what the mission of the church was – and the ability to change.
It is more difficult to change as we become older. I think we become more comfortable with who we are (finally) and because that took SO MANY YEARS – somehow any other kind of change doesn’t feel good to us. I applaud those who want to keep learning and growing – those that learn how to use the internet – even in their nineties to correspond with friends and missionaries all over the world – as in Greg’s great-aunt. Or in those who learn a new computer program – or go back to school. To reinvent themselves – dive in where it’s a little scary and keep growing. To do so keeps the mind young and we all want that, right?
So – keep up with the current trends! Get a cell phone and learn how to text – it is the new ‘love language’ of the younger generation – learn to use and maneuver through facebook and your friends’ blog sites. Better yet – start your own blog site! What do you do best? Cook? Put your recipes on your blog and let others learn from your experience – you will find others like you – exchange information and make new friends. Do you sew? Share your wonderful creations on your blog! How about books you read? Post them – do a short review on each one and find other ‘book loving’ friends just like you – eager to learn and grow. There are a million things you can learn from the internet – my favorite is shopping – I almost NEVER pay retail for anything anymore. Learn how to shop for a value on Ebay or Craigslist – how to ‘google’ important things – Bible references and other interesting facts. Learn a new musical instrument – read a new best seller – buy a puzzle and work on it while you relax at night. Play word games like scrabble and boggle – to keep learning new words. Keep learning – keep growing! Ask questions – and find the answers!
Be willing to change, grow and learn. Stay current, stay young – find your voice and change your world!