22 Aug Change
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That’s what I have heard anyway. We humans have come to expect that change is so much a part of life that it is one of the only constants on which to depend. With that understanding, we can see ourselves as just corks bobbing on the ocean—up and down, depending on the waves and the weather.
The problem with seeing change as the only constant is life becomes about chance more than it does about change. The idea is the only consistent thing in my life is its inconsistency. Then, we start to attach our feelings of contentment and joy to the good, positive times, and our feelings of fear and struggle with the bad, negative times. Each day becomes a game of chance, where we will not know what kind of day it will be until we step out the door. This is not how life works.
You may wonder how I can say that, but God is the architect of our lives and that is not how God does business. When someone tried to manipulate God, the prophet responded in Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” God does not waiver. God is not a human who has good and bad days. God has a plan, and nothing in all of creation can stop that plan.
It was hundreds upon hundreds of years later when a follower of Jesus used a similar understanding to describe Jesus: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). It does not mean what worked to reach people 2,000 years ago is the only way now. Nor does it mean what works today will work in 1,000 years. It means the Gospel of Jesus changed lives when it was first spoken, it changes lives today, and it will change lives tomorrow and into eternity.
Jesus is alive and working at Shoreline. Change and transition are a part of our lives as well. While the message of Shoreline will not change: Serve God. Love People; some things do. Austin Crockett has been our full-time worship leader since we launched Shoreline in February 2017. That is changing…and very soon.
Austin will transition to a volunteer role at Shoreline as he begins a local business venture. While we look forward to hearing more about that in the near future, it means we are looking for a new worship leader now. Austin will still be around, but his role is changing from a paid employee to a church member. Please pray about these changes: for Austin and our new worship leader.
I want you to know God is working in Shoreline, and He has more to do. We will continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, and we get to see His transforming power. Please help us proclaim God’s grace and pray about what God is doing now and into the future.
Blessings to you,