change is a hard thing to grab onto @ times.  it can challenge the way we’ve always done things, it can up-end plans that we’ve put into place, & it can disrupt a future we had in mind.

but, when we accept a change that’s been handed down to us, that is IF we accept said change, it can become incredibly freeing.  the thing about change & shift is that it has a theoretical portion to it & a practical “this is how it’s going to get done” portion.

when we talk about change & say “here it is, this is what we need to do.”  the data is presented, the discussion is had, the pro’s & con’s are weighed, opinions are heard.  here it’s all just talk.

then it takes some “doing”.  we get practical & we figure out schedules & how many hands we’re going to need to make this new thing happen & the wheels start to move.  it’s hard,  but we knew it would be.  there’s been some loss; there always is with new things being born.  but there’s some new life that’s realized too.  that also happens when the “new” is seen.

so none of this is new news to anyone.  this is what we know…

here’s something that we may know as well, that change comes in a couple of waves.  it’s not all instant & we didn’t know [up front] all of the possible shifts that would have to be made.  when one thing changes it will cause ripple affects in multiple places, that much we know.  what we don’t know & can never completely predict, is  how those other ripples will show up & what other things those ripples may reveal.

the question becomes this:

when the leader[s] projected the picture of this “new future/shift/idea/program” &  you decided to get on board…

…what was/is your commitment level to being a part of this new thing?

as a leader, unveiling the new vision…

…what is/was your commitment level to developing & nurturing whats been growing inside you?

the new project that we move toward is going to cause some ripples in places we never expected to see.  it’s going to cause some change in areas other than the one new thing we’re doing.  it will push us toward some people we may not be comfortable with.  it will almost certainly challenge some of our thoughts about God, how church is supposed to be done.  and it may challenge some of our theology.

the question then becomes, are you willing to see how deep the rabbit hole goes?

will you follow in the midst of questions?

will you lead all-the-while questions & doubts are hurled your way?

will you believe that God has brought you to a place where greater trust is needed in Him instead of our carefully laid out plans & schemes?

this sounds risky…

but then again, it probably should.