Thoughts on Change

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend.

I’ve been on some vacation time over the last 2 weeks—mostly recharging, doing some hikes in Colorado (when I was out there doing a leadership retreat for an organization in Colorado Springs), riding bike, reading (always), working out, and eating (of course).

Some of my reading has been on leading change and dealing with the anxiety that change produces. Here are a few quotes I came across and put to images.

Leaders are those who are more comfortable with the change process. No leader is ever fully comfortable, for all change creates difficulty and some level of anxiety. What will the change process be like? How hard will it be? What is on the other side of change?

Whether it is personal change or organizational change, we must approach it with prayer, discernment, openness, and trust.

We can build walls to keep change out or we can build windmills to catch the winds of change that are blowing.

The quote from Toffler is from his book Future Shock, which was written in 1970. I first read that book in the early 80’s when it was already a decade old! Almost 50 years ago, Toffler was concerned that we did not have the personal or social resources to deal with the future that was coming our way. Now, 50 years later, as change is more disruptive than ever, we may be even less prepared to deal with it.

Do you know the Protestant Church developed a slogan-mindset about change? Here it is in Latin:

Ecclesia Reformata Semper Reformanda
The Reformed Church Always Reforming!

That is who we are and that is what we do—always. We are always being reformed, renewed, reinvigorated, renovated. We are always in motion. The church must always be on the move.

“A church which pitches its tents without looking out for new horizons, which does not continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling. We must play down our longing for certainty, accept what is risky, and live by improvisation and experiment” (Hans Kung).

Like the unknown author quipped, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always gotten.” To which Dave Ramsey of Financial Peace University said, “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.”

And I’ll throw one final quote in, which you already know: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (Einstein). This was one of the smartest people ever at his smartest!

Usually resisting insanity and always reforming along with you,
Pastor Brian

P.S. And if you need one really FINAL quote…

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