A recent bride called her mother one evening in tears. "Oh, Mom, I tried to make Grandmother's meat loaf for dinner tonight, and it's just awful! I followed the recipe exactly, and I know I have the recipe right because it's the one you gave me. But it just didn't come out right, and I'm so upset. I wanted this to be so special for George because he loves meat loaf. What could have gone wrong?" Her mother replied soothingly, "Well, dear, let's go through the recipe. You read it out loud and tell me exactly what you did at each step, and together we'll figure it out."
"OK," the bride sniffled. "Well, it starts out, 'Take fifty cents worth of ground beef' ..."
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Cor. 15:51-52
We tend to resist change that we do not initiate, but all change is not bad. If you think about it, we should be changing on a daily basis if we are growing in our faith, growing in the image of Jesus Christ, growing together in the Body of Christ, and growing in spiritual maturity. Most of the time, change is not really good or bad, it’s just different and we need to respond to the changing times. Change is not always compromise, sometimes change is just cooperation.
In the weeks ahead, when we go to two services, we will have some classrooms that have two Connection Bible Study Groups meeting in them each Sunday. This will be an adjustment for some of you. There will be another group that calls that room, “Our room.” I imagine you will not even be able to tell the difference in most rooms, but if the toddlers are in Jack’s Shack, I’m not making any promises. I just hope I don’t hear any complaints about the spills on the carpet from the little whippersnappers, you know how toddlers hate coffee stains.
Seriously, this is an exciting change! We will have space to disciple more people and without building a new building.