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Change

May 11, 2007

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I enjoyed a great visit by phone with Ben Overby yesterday.  We discussed how frustrating it can be to work with folks that are fearful of change.  Change is always a threat to the status que. Some see it as a departure from the way it has always been, or the way their parents believed. Others see it as a threat to “the truth”.

We are not the first generation to have to deal with change. Three and a half years of listening to Jesus teach about the Kingdom and just before He ascends back to heaven the disciples are asking Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6. Ten years into the Book of Acts and Peter still doesn’t understand Grace.

The urgency of the Gospel causes us to want run and not walk, and surly not crawl in changing hearts. Time is a wastin’, there is a world in need of salvation! There is not a minute to waste. I can’t tell you in words how I have been driven by those kind of thoughts in my life. When I reflect on the life of Jesus I think I see the solution to this dilemma. This is not a new observation, but it is one that takes patience and often because we lack patience we miss its power. Are you ready? Jesus did not seek to change the whole world during the days of his ministry; He simply poured Himself into the lives of twelve very ordinary men. I told you it was not new.

Maybe what needs to change is our approach to change. Find an open heart or two or three. Pour yourself into them. Love them like Jesus loved the disciples and give them a dream like the one He gave them and that you now have. Teach them to trust the Father the way Jesus did. I think God can bless that! What do you think?

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3 comments

  1. Lee,

    I appreciate the wisdom and encouragement you’ve provided. The advice is seasoned with experience and I’m grateful for your work and your words.

    I’ll keep you posted on how things are going.

    Much to grace to you and your family,
    Ben


  2. Thanks Ben!! We are in prayer with you.


  3. Preach it. Plant and water is all we can do.



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