Pastor's Paragraph August 15th, 2013

The start of a new school year underscores the reality of change: new teachers, new classes, new (in some cases) schools, new activities, new schedules (for students and families), etc. There are a myriad of changes in our lives as a new school year gets underway. 

We have recently just started a new sermon series entitled "The Essential Qualities of Personal Change." Already we have talked about two of these essential qualities: 1) HONESTY and 2) WILLINGNESS. In order to make the types of changes that God often calls us to make in our lives, we need 1) to be honest with ourselves in admitting the particular change and changes that we need to make; and 2) to be willing to take some action steps that will get the change process underway. 

I have given everyone (myself included) a "homework" assignment as we journey through this sermon series. Here is your assignment: WHAT IS ONE MAJOR CHANGE THAT YOU NEED TO MAKE IN YOUR LIFE NOW? If you are like me, there are probably several changes that you need to make in order to be the person that God wants you to be. But the assignment calls for us to focus on just ONE. So be honest with yourself and identify a specific change that God desires for you to make. And then be willing to start taking the necessary action that needs to occur if such a change is to become a reality. 

The "change" quality that will be the focus of this Sunday's sermon is IMAGINATION. Imagination (dreaming or goal-setting) entails keeping before you a clear mental image of the difference that actualizing a particular change can make in your life. Such imagination/dreaming/goal-can be a key component in the change process. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says: "Where there is no dream (no imagination, no goal setting), the people perish." Or to paraphrase this verse in a positive way: But where there is a dream (replete with imagination and goal setting), the people flourish!" 

So do your homework. Be sure to ask God for His help. And come to Bible study and worship this Sunday as we continue our focus on personal change.  

Blessings, 

Bob