Change's value must resonate deep within

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I don't know anyone who likes change. Even the experts, who study, write on and lead change don't like to personally experience change.

The only people I know who like change are babies, and even they tend to fight it.

Change is a creator of stress. Change and crises that create change are not a 21st-century novelty. In the book of Acts we come face to face with a change that threated to disrupt the beginning of the new church movement.

In Acts 15, Paul, the persecutor turned preacher, and Barnabas the encourager set out in their hearts to travel the route that had just previously been taken to see how the new churches that were started were doing. How were the men and women growing in their faith? Were they standing firm in their faith, living like the culture or distinctly from it?

They formed their strategy, set their plans into motion and prepared to set out. Then change was thrown upon them.

Barnabas, being an encourager, wanted to bring with him a young guy named John Mark. The problem was that on the last trip the duo took, John was with them. For some reason John cut his trip short. Paul, who initiated the trip, insisted that John would not go with them. The trip was changed. The change could have threatened the trip.

The duo was divided. The mission could have been called off. Change was going to claim its casualties. Yet it did not. What caused this team to overcome the threat of change and others be devoured by it?

The key was knowing the mission, the greater purpose set in their hearts to accomplish.

When we face change, we must ask, is this mission worth enduring change? Is that change worth the sacrifice needed to see that dream turn into reality? Is going back to school worth the necessary changes? Is moving across the country for a job that will better your family worth the stress of change? Is it worth enduring the change needed to turn a marriage from mediocre to magnificent?

For change to have any meaning, its value must resonate deep within. The end picture of what you hope this change will bring must be kept in on the forefront of your mind. When you see and hold tight to what is most valuable, then change is worth it.

Rob Hurtgen is a husband, father, minister and writer. Read more from him at

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