Mission Committee meeting on April 12, 2010.
I've always been opposed to change...or so I thought.
As a child I learned I was Taurus the Bull. Let's set aside the stubbornish factor. Taurus' are not known for embracing change.
My Thursday morning Bible Study group just finished a Beth Moore study called, "Believing God." One of the assignments was to create a timeline of my life from birth to present. The timeline was to represent my life experiences and unique faith journey. I did the timeline and saw: geographical changes, relationship changes, health changes, and where God was during my life.
I discovered that in my 48 years of life (so far)...I've been surrounded by constant change.
The other constant in my life has been God.
I read a quote attributed to Dalai Lama who believed "of living in the moment and understanding that life is nothing but transition."
Which led me to think of the transition in my own life. Next month will be my last meeting on the Mission Committee. My three year commitment is coming to an end. And I've noticed that changes are coming here.
I've always believed that there is room for improvement upon circumstances, situations, and committees. People with new ideas, new energy, making something better.
I've heard for years that, "Change is good," and I am becoming a believer.
One thing that should be remembered is that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are our foundation.
Which brought me to Scripture that I will read about Mission Committee/Christian Responsibility:
Matthew 25:37-40, where Jesus said, "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (NIV)
I passed out a Christianity Today article (December 2009) where three people answered the question, "What's the biggest change needed in how charities and federal agencies deliver aid to developing nations?" I hope that we can read it and apply some new knowledge to our local, national, and international organizations that we support.
I opened the meeting with prayer beginning with praying Psalm 51:10-12:
Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us.
Do not cast us from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation and grant us a willing spirit to sustain us. (NIV)
Lord, we ask for your wisdom to guide us during this meeting. To do Your will.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Thank you Lord for preparing me and guiding me through this Mission devotional.