Someone has said, “The greatest fear in life is not of death, but of unsolicited change.”
In other words, we generally don’t mind change, as long as we are the ones who initiate it.
But on the other hand, it is also good to acknowledge that some changes, even if unsolicited, are not necessarily bad. In fact there are many changes that we might actually consider to be far preferable to those we are currently enduring! For instance, if we were to go from homeless to homeowner, most of us would consider that to be a welcome change! If our bodies were to go from painful to pain-free, we would likely feel that to be a delightful change. All of us welcome those kinds of changes, even if we didn’t personally initiate them.
If you have served the Lord for many years at Grace, you may be sensing that we are a church that is in transition. And as with every transition, you are very likely looking to the future with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety. There is anticipation because increasingly there is the joyful awareness that we will soon be back in our own building. Additionally, there is hope that in and through this building, God is going to use Grace for His glory.
But there is also anxiety: anxiety that comes from loss of influence, loss of control, and from a loss of familiar faces who had earned our trust through their ministry...Read more