As I was preparing to write this blog, the immediate topic that came to light was the idea and process of change. As many of you know, next month my family and I are relocating to Washington state after 15 years in Colorado. The thought of leaving Colorado was truly terrifying at first. I kept wondering if we were making the right decision by leaving our community, our home, and all of our friends here in this beautiful state.
Change is always scary, right? We are creatures of habit and when something throws a wrench in our routine our immediate reaction is to pull back and say ‘Wait! Stop! I’m not ready for this!’ Change is uncomfortable. Change causes us to reflect back on our ways, and self-reflection is one of the most difficult things for many people to do. Most of us simply don’t want to change because we are too stubborn and stuck in our ways!
The experience of packing up and moving to a new state got me to thinking about how sometimes we become complacent as Christians. We go to our church on Sundays, maybe Wednesdays, we have our small groups and we have our daily devotions. That routine is comfortable, safe, and easy. Being a Christian is just part of our identity. However, what we should be doing is constantly evolving as Christians. We should always be working on ourselves to be more like Christ, in our thoughts, words and actions. The power of being a Christian revolves us around God, His Word, and the power of His Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5 states ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ How comforting is that? So instead of being scared to change, to grow, to evolve in our journey as Christians and as humble humans, we should embrace it! We are not just occupying space as Christians, but on a beautiful journey towards God throughout our lives. At the heart of the Word is the message that we need to change. It is a challenge presented to us daily. So let us rejoice, revel and be glad in our journeys, no matter how uncomfortable it is sometimes!
Cynthia Mawe, New Member Coordinator