Change is hard. Love or hate it, it’s necessary. Indeed, the philosopher Heraclitus once said, “the only thing that is constant is change.”
Except for one thing: God. Hebrews 13:8 declares that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This is comforting to know that, despite the uncertainties in life, God is and will always be, faithful and true to his nature.
There have been numerous changes in what we now know to be RiverStone Church. Just as the tides ebb and flow, so does the life of the church. For the last seven years, I have devoted my life to serving as the Children’s Ministry Director and I have been blessed beyond measure during my time here.
In that time, I have come to adopt some very simple, but life changing concepts, that I would like to share with you, take it or leave it.
- God loves us more than you can comprehend and more than anything else, he wants to be in a close, personal relationship with you. I had to learn over these last seven years that God doesn’t want me doing his work, as much as he wants me!
- If you seek Him, you will find Him. God will reveal himself and his will for you through prayer, the Bible, church, and your circumstances. Take time to be still in His presence, listen, and respond faithfully.
- Love God, love others. The best way we can show that we love God, is to love others. Jesus says, “what you do for the least of these, you did for me.”
- Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ. Such a simple concept; try it out! Be a witness by the way you live your life.
- Look for the roses. We get caught up in the daily struggle, that we forget to relish in the blessings of God. Take time to look around and see all that God is doing in your life.
- Put feet to your faith. Your actions will show what you truly believe. Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Now, the time has come to turn a new leaf. God has called me to live out the lessons I have learned. It is a bittersweet moment. Although I am fearful to leave the comfort of what I know, God is prompting me to step out in faith. I will miss the children, their laughter, and love. They are my roses.
I have been honored to serve for the church and will cherish the wonderful memories. My prayer is that these children will cling to their Heavenly Father, that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in their hearts, and that they will come to truly know Jesus as their friend and Savior.