I am a creature of habit. Monday through Saturday, I get up every morning at the same time. Sundays, I wake up fifteen minutes earlier. I like doing everything the same way each time I do it. If something works great one time, that is the way it “should be” done from then on, right? This is the way I think — when I can make this happen, it makes my life so much easier and predictable. There are enough surprises in life, so why add to the stress?
However as much as I fight change, I also love change. I love the changes that have occurred over my lifetime. Through vast improvement in the practice of medicine, things my dad suffered with and endured multiple surgeries to correct could be easily treated now with a daily pill. I like the changes in automobiles. My first two cars did not even have air conditioning, and now I take it for granted. Yes, I do like change. I love the change in the seasons (when we used to have seasons).
Sometimes we do not want to change, but God is the greatest change agent ever. He changed the nothingness and the chaotic into a beautiful creation. He changed us from being lost to being found. And he wants to change those who are not like us…who don’t think like we do, just as we do not think like the generations who preceded us. And he has changed me — still is changing me — and I sure do like the results.
God is the great creator and is always creating new creatures. God is an inspiring God and is constantly inspiring creative Christians to do new and innovative things to reach those who need to be reached. I am also convinced that just as we were reached in ways that are different from those in the first century and beyond the next generation will be reached in different ways too.
Yes, this year has been a year of change here at Kingswood Church, and all of it has not been easy. We have a new vision, a new logo, and different styles of worship. Are we just doing this for the sake of change? No — we are doing it because God wants us to not be complacent. Back in 1968 when our charter members launched Kingswood, they started something new in our community, with the goal of connecting new residents in the northern suburbs with Christ. Just because we have the same building doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t change and evolve. God wants us to continue grow and change spiritually even more, so that we might reach a new group of people who are coming into our community.
There’s one constant that I know — “For I the LORD do not change.” For the rest of us, “we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in the twinkling of an eye, at that last trumpet.” And it is our prayer that we will look back after the change is passed and hear, “well done, good and faithful servants.”
If you haven’t experienced some of our changes, we invite you to visit us again — or for the first time. I’ll be here to welcome you!
Grace and peace,
Rev. Charles Broome