Friday, June 14, 2013

Changes? Or Not?

The next several weeks are going to be "interesting".  Several things are "coming due" within the next several weeks.  Which could make content here a little sparse.  Here's why:

The first schedule killer is my church's International convention.  We're home base, so it happens here.  Missionaries and native pastors come here for a concentrated intake of the Word and fellowship like no other, June 24-29.  Each year, we have about 4,000 visitors over the week.  Many are already arriving for this year's gathering.  It's almost like there's a free convention extension on either side of that week.  So, needless to say, I intend to be away from the keyboard more than usual, for the next several weeks.

The other glitch in my schedule has to do with how some things are done on the blogs.  Some of you may have read two related pieces of tech news about Google shutting down its Google Reader service on July 1 and not making the Feedburner API available to third party apps, as of October.  I've read quite a bit about both situations.  Any who get RSS feeds or email feeds for the blog will be effected, I'm just not sure how soon.  It seems like a number of reader apps are racing toward their own solutions.  But, as a total amateur at this stuff, I still have to figure out what I need to do to the blog code and how soon, so that the transition is as seamless as possible for those of you who get my blog posts by RSS feed or email.


Malachi 3:6 (KJV)  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 

It's interesting how verses can highlight reality so well.  Think about The whole impact of the verse we just quoted.
  • God is unchanging.
  • Because He doesn't change from His love for His creation, we aren't destroyed without an option to eternally survive with Him.
  • It does not indicate we ought to be unchanging because we are to be Christ-like.
  • It does not say we are to be unchanging.  In fact, we know the reverse is true, if we're to become more Christ-like.
The truth is, change itself is not something to fear.  It's only how things change that we need to be cautious about.  Yes, change can be the good little boy who becomes a thief.  But change is also the caterpillar that goes into a cocoon and emerges as a gorgeous butterfly.  The power of change isn't in what people and things are converted to.  The power is in the fact that we all can and must be transformed.

I don't like seeing people changed toward wrong attitudes, wrong thinking, and wrong actions.  But I see those as still having potential for good.  We learn from everything we experience.  If we head in the wrong direction, we can still change course, again.  For example, the things we mentioned in the first part of this post have positive and negative aspects.  And we can even use the negatives for positive outcomes.  But there are some things highlighted by the verse that started this section.
  1. No matter what our circumstances are, we have an unchanging anchor in our God.
  2. No matter what our reaction is to our circumstances, that anchor is always available to us.
  3. We have that anchor because part of the anchor's nature is that He loves His creation.
  4. No matter how many mistakes we make or how big those mistakes are, we will always get "one more chance" until He knows we will never make the right choice.
That's not to say we can consciously use grace and mercy as a license to sin.  But honest mistakes always get another chance.  That's a powerful assurance.

How are you hanging onto the anchor, today?

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