It goes without saying that “things ain’t what they used to be’ at church!
Certainly many of us have observations and stories about how things used to be at church; and our likes and dislikes about how things are now.
Sometimes adjusting can be hard, but when you are tempted to whine a bit about a new program at your church, or a new teaching method, or the new technology being used at church, or the new music you can’t stand – – let me challenge you to look deeper.
Look to the deep roots of the ‘church’ that is built upon the rock-solid foundation of Jesus Christ and God’s Word – – not upon the shifting sands of man’s opinion and tradition.
Look to the multitudes of people who are now making personal decisions for Christ and who are growing in their faith.
Look to the future and see the young children and teens who are coming to church and learning the importance of surrendering their lives to the God who created them. Through the eyes of faith, see these children and teens as church leaders and active members in tomorrow’s church.
Look to your heart. Remember all the changes you have gone through in life. Celebrate the lessons learned through them all and make room in your heart for today’s changes – – even though you may never understand the need for them.
Get beyond the fear of leaving your comfort zone and approach each day with more hope and aniticipation.
Give the benefit of the doubt when faced with new ideas and approaches that maybe aren’t quite what you’re accustomed to.
Give things a chance. Ask questions. Be informed. Get involved. That’s what being a part of the ‘church’ family is all about!
Above all … heed the command of Jesus when He said, “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16)
Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.