Pastor presented a brief discussion of the book Who Moved My Cheese using the characters in the book as illustration of different types of reaction to change. Some anticipate change, some are good at seeking change; some fear change will lead to something worse; some see that change can lead to something better but adopt it slowly and with consideration.
In an informal poll (show of hands) it seemed that most in attendance claim to be in the last group.
God never changes, but we have to.
Change happens; we have to deal with it. The cheese is always moving.
The scripture lesson: Joshua 3:2-7. Here we seen God's directions to His people concerning the movement of and the following of the Ark of the Covenant.
Three ways to deal with change.
- Dwell in the past. We often have fond memories of the past. Yet there are memories of wounds and hurts, too. We are reminded of the children of Israel during their journey saying, "Choose a leader and go back to Egypt." Some people cannot get past the past.
- Stay in the present. Change is scary. However, though we may prefer to stay where we are, there really is no "present" so those who choose the present are really living in the past. Change happens with or without your help.
- Hope for the future. Some fear the future rather than hoping.
Five things to help us cope with change.
- Must be flexible. Joshua 3:4 We have not passed this way before. (Some people are more fearful than others.)
- Must be focused v.3 "When you see the Ark go after it." We must focus on the right thing. There are distractions; must know how to stay on track.
- Be faithful. v. 5 "Sanctify yourselves."
- Be futuristic. v. 5 "God will do wonders among you." We must think about what God values most-- the salvation of souls.
- Be fearless. v. 7 "I will be with you."
Philippians 3:13-14: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are mature should take this view of things.
"The Lord will be with you." Joshua 1:9
Pastor Johnnie Blair