I hate change.  Not like “I hate change so hey, I’m going to wear these socks for the next two weeks!”.  I mean more like “this is my comfort zone, I’m perfectly happy, I know where everything is so let’s just keep things the same, okay?”

I can trace this back to when I was a child.  My parents divorced when I was young which led to moving around a lot; I lived in three countries before I was 8 years old.  My need for stability and (yes, I’m about to go there) control stems from a real place.  I had a valid need to manage my environment in amongst the turmoil and confusion.

I’m looking out the window of the church as I write this and I see the season is changing around us.  The trees are turning that really awesome fiery red and gold.  My oldest son just had a birthday – we are now in the dreaded teen years (Lord help us!).  In the next few weeks, the leaves will fall and the white stuff will appear soon after (I’ll take One More Month of Summer for $500, please Alex!).  Change is happening, whether I like it or not.

As a church family, we have come through our big change and we are moving ahead, excited and full of anticipation for what God is going to do in this place, in this community.  When we consider His vastness, the possibilities are limitless.  He has a plan and we all get to be a part of that.  How cool!

Still, I want to control it all.  

Here’s the good news, God knows this about me.  He knows it about you too.  And He knows where it comes from.  He offers us a place to stand that is a solid rock, that never changes, that you can rest on and you can count on.  Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  

Our church is laser focused on seeing every[one] transformed and mobilized by Jesus.  What if just this one truth could absolutely flood our community?  That, in this world that often feels like it’s spinning out of control, there is one thing you absolutely count on and it’s Jesus.  

Wow.  Can you imagine the transformation?  

We would be a community of people who put down the reins.  We would just…rest.  And out of that rest, we would move forward with faith, energized and ready to discover and live out God’s plan for each of our lives.
That’s something to get excited about.  

Now, excuse me while I go move around the furniture in my comfort zone.  Hey, it’s a start…

Victoria Hughes | Service Director

Jenn Bander