Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Creative Change

One of the problems in many churches is uncertainty about change.  Why can't things stay the same? Of course, they can't - and they don't!  Change is inevitable and we need to embrace it, though we also need to go for the right changes.

Ed Catmull's Creativity, Inc. offers some useful comments on the theme of change.

"It's folly to think you can avoid change, no matter how much you might want to.  But also, to my mind, you shouldn't want to.  There is no growth or success without change."

"Change is going to happen, whether we like it or not.  Some people see random, unforeseen events as something to fear.  I am not one of those people.  To my mind, randomness is not just inevitable; it is part of the beauty of life.  Acknowledging it and appreciating it helps us respond constructively when we are surprised.  Fear makes people reach for certainty and stability, neither of which guarantee the safety they imply."

"We humans like to know where we are headed, but creativity demands that we travel paths that lead to who-knows-where.  That requires us to step up to the boundary of what we know and what we don't know."

Change can certainly be challenging, but it can also be exciting.  Let us look for the change to which God is calling us and embrace the opportunities it offers.

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