Archive for July, 2013

I originally posted this blog about three weeks before I left my first church appointment.  Reading it was a good reminder for me that the only constant in life is change.  With that thought, I decided to repost it.

“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under heaven.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1

I can’t say that I really like the book of Ecclesiastes and I really don’t like to quote it, but sometimes it does have its place. I’m in a time of transition and it helps to remind myself that there are so many seasons that we go through.

There’s the excitement of a new and exciting challenge in front of me.  It’s a task that won’t be easy, but then again nothing in ministry ever really does seem easy.  And then there’s the relationships that I’ll be leaving behind to make a move.

Things continue to grow and change in my family.  Work situations change.  Families grow.  My daughter continues to grow and change on an almost daily basis.

And as I take these new challenges, I know that more will come.  Things will change. God will remain constant, but my relationship with God is always moving forward.

That’s why I love the language that we use in a Methodist discussion of salvation.  It’s the thought that “We are being saved.” In other words, we (the church, the body of Christ) are on a journey toward the image of Christ.  It’s always changing, always moving and never dull.

We live our lives out bringing the Kingdom of God to the earthly realm by all of the actions that we take.  We really do TRANSFORM this world one action at a time.

Sometimes I wish the ups and downs of ministry weren’t as pronounced as they are, but even they bring the promise of growth.

And God is always present even through change.