Healthy Things Grow, Growing Things Change
Maybe you have heard it said that no one likes change, except for a wet baby. It’s mostly true. Most of us don’t like change, yet we live in a world that is rapidly shifting.
Morgan Housel, a columnist at the Wall Street Journal, once dreamed what it would be like to explain TV to a kid twenty years from now. Morgan wrote:
It’s like the Internet, but on a giant box you couldn’t move. There were only like 10 good websites, and you had to wait until certain times of the day to see them. Every seven minutes the websites would take a break and tell you about shampoo for 90 seconds. You had no say in what was available: some guy in an office in New York made the schedule. And it cost twice as much as the Internet.
It’s amazing to think about how much our world has changed in just a couple decades.
This got me thinking: How has the Church changed in the past few decades? Over thirty years ago it was rare to find a church that served coffee, that you could wear your blue jeans to, that led worship with a band, and that didn’t pass an offering plate. Now, that’s pretty commonplace. And actually, a lot of other things have changed within the Church through the past thirty years.
Change isn’t all bad. In fact, while we might not all enjoy change, change is often necessary for growth and health to occur. If there was a baby or toddler that never changed, we would all start to worry. I’ve heard it said that “healthy things grow, and growing things change.”
At Hope we are growing. I see this as a good thing. And while this is a good thing, it’s important for us to spend time intentionally asking the Father to direct our ways and prepare our hearts for whatever change He might be asking us to make.
At the beginning of the summer I asked that we enter into a season of prayer as a church, that we all spend time praying and asking the Heavenly Father to direct our paths, provide for us, and give us unity as we move forward. My hope is that you have been praying, but if you haven’t, don’t worry– there’s still plenty of summer left for you all to join us!
If you are looking for something to help guide your time of prayer, I have been using Psalm 90:16-17.
“May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.”