Musings From A Musical Mind

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!

God Bless

Comments on: "Change: The Only Constant" (5)

  1. The challenge to change – whether personal or in a church – is to determine what changes are right to make. Change for change sake is not always adequate reasons. Look at all those people who invested in 8-track players and tapes (I was one!), or those who invested in Beta-tapes, etc. Sometimes, changes come to us so rapidly, especially in technology, that keeping up with them could become a full-time job itself; let alone how expensive it can become! This is where wisdom and discernment are needed. Some changes must be made to remain relevant to our culture and times. However, some changes only lead down a Piped Pipers road that wastes time, resources, and energy.

  2. I’m technologically challenged so change in this arena is a bit hard for me at times. I have learned to work my way around my website and blogs and all, but I still can’t work my TV. Maybe some day! ROFL

    • You need one of those universal controls – or perhaps the ‘big’ remote – which is supposed to make working the devices so much easier – they don’t for me – we still have 5 remotes and you have to know in which order to turn them all on!!

  3. Cindy, that video is a bit frightening to this old gal. I have felt for some time now that life is leaving me behind. I try, but sometimes I feel pretty stupid. I can handle social media a little bit, but it still confuses me. I can almost handle this newfangled “”smart phone”” of mine; that is, if I can keep from throwing it into the wall in frustration. I read constantly. I try to keep myself updated. I’m going back to teaching part-time in the fall.

    Still, I feel like a dinosaur. I always say I wish I was born 50 years earlier. I mean it. I think my brain was one of the simpler ones God made. Today’s technology whizzes by me at a terrifying speed. When you think about it, though, what choice do we have? We either change with things as best we can or stand still and get bowled over by that same change.

    • That’s true Carla – but you are NOT a dinosaur!! Look at you go on the internet!! You give great ideas everyday for ways to take advantage of things for stay at home moms!! And your blog is terrific which PROVES you are indeed keeping up with the changes of our fast paced generation!! I think you’re one of the great examples to the rest of us – and you’ll get that cell phone thing – I promise!!

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