I’m so blessed to be in Blue Springs with y’all! I have never experienced the warmth, openness, and kindness that I have the first week of being here. Tara and I have talked multiple times about how thoughtful and giving everyone has been from reaching out through emails, welcoming us on Facebook, and even offering us furniture while we waited for our moving truck to arrive. We are so lucky to be welcomed with open arms. We want to give everyone a big… Thank You!
I know I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting everyone yet, and because of the craziness and unknown of Covid, it may be difficult for me to meet everyone in person for a while. However, I am excited to get to know everyone and walk alongside you in this journey called life.
Looking back over the last couple months, I have had a lot of change in my life. Everything from getting engaged, learning to deal with shelter in place, and moving 9 hours away has led me to start thinking about change and how many transitions we have in our lives. Have you ever experienced a big transition in your life? Whether that be from changing jobs, moving into a new house, going to college, or dealing with the new norm, I believe we have all had to deal with a transition in our life.
This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though. Change can be a great opportunity for us to learn and grow into the person that God wants us to be. It’s all about our mindset going into the change. Let’s look at one of the first stories in the Bible that illustrates how scary and rewarding change can be.
1 Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives, And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
Abram (he also changes his name to Abraham later in the story, so he knows a thing or two about transitions) leaves his own house, friends, family, and way of life to follow God’s call and be a blessing to others. That takes some bold faith to step out and follow God like that. Was it easy? If you read the rest of his story in Genesis, certainly not. However, God led him to become the father of a great nation that has been a blessing to the earth.
So what about you? What big change have you experienced in your life? How have you handled transitioning from one phase of life to another? If you have a change happening in your life, I hope that you look for the positives and how God can use you in this new season of life. You never know what might happen. You might find yourself as a pastor at an amazing, welcoming church who offers you a card table until your furniture arrives!
The change doesn’t have to be scary, and I would love to learn about what change is happening in your life. Please reach out any time.
I’m so excited and honored to call Blue Springs home. I’m looking forward to see how God will move and change our lives together.