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Quotable Tuesday

Jason Petermann  —  October 26, 2010 — Leave a comment

This weeks’ quote is from Seth Godin on his blog.  It is probably one of the best I have read on change

“People who fear they will be hurt by a change speak up immediately, loudly and without regard for the odds or reality. People who will benefit from a change don’t believe it (until it happens), so they sit quietly. And that’s why change in an organization is difficult.”

Translate that to the church:

  • You get push-back about making change from those who fear that it will replace what they like and are comfortable with (Usually based on a preference).  They will push back immediately, loudly and without regard for the reality that their church needs to change or it will die.
  • You get inaction by those who want the change.  They will not help or give to make it work. But they will let you know their opinion about it.

And that’s why change in a church is difficult!

Took a little break from blogging over the last few weeks!  Today we come back with a quote from Jeff Manion in his book, “The Land Between.”

“Whatever you are facing – prolonged illness, financial collapse, family pain, career confusion, unexplained depression, aching loss – pause for a moment and hear these words whispered by the Creator into your situation: “Do not worry.  I have seen.  I have heard.  Trust me.  Believe in me.  I am concerned.”

If God can be concerned about the lilies in the field (Matt. 6:28-30), and if He can remember each sparrow (Luke 12:6) He certainly is in control of each day of our life.  We can take comfort in that.  We can believe that He loves us, cares for us.  We can believe that He sees us, hears us, and has great concern for us.

I purchased Carlos Whittaker’s CD this holiday weekend after hearing just a clip of one song on a podcast I was listening to.  The song is titled, “We Will Worship You” and is based on a Puritan prayer.  The words are disturbing at best, which make it so very hard to comprehend that it is actually from a prayer.  Read them.  Meditate on them.  Ask yourself if it is something you could, or should pray.

“Save us from these comforts,

Break us of our need for the familiar

Spare us any joy that’s not of You,

And we will worship You”

You can get his CD here at iTunes.

Today I have another quote to share from the Global Leadership Summit.  This one is from Jeff Manion, author of The Land Between.  This was a very, very timely message for me as we are in our “land between.”  I ended up buying his book at the Summit and will hopefully do a review here in the near future.  One of the many great quotes I got from Jeff was this:

“The land between is the best place for transformational growth.  But it can also be the place where faith goes to die.  The land between is the very soil where God does some of His richest and deepest work.”

Of course the greatest illustration of what Jeff talked about is the nation of Israel as they wandered in the desert.  It is this story that he writes about in his book.  Israel had a choice: either obey, let God lead and get to the promised land, or disobey, complain against God, and wander around until everyone that current generation of leaders died.  Of course, we know the rest of the story.  We know that Israel ended up wandering around for 40 years.

In my “Land Between,” I want to do my best to let God grow me.  I want God to work in me.  Not so people can say anything about me, but so I can come out on the other side more like Jesus and with a deeper love and commitment to serve others.  We have learned a lot in out Land Between, and as far as I know we still have several months to go.  When in that land, we can either get bitter or better.  Our faith will either die or take a great step forward.

It would have been easier to have “wished away” my land between, but I really believe we will be better because of it.  I already feel like I have learned so much, and I pray daily for God to teach us, and use us to reach others.

Today I have another quote from the Global Leadership Summit that impacted me.  This one is from Christine Caine.  She had a lot of great things to say, but one that stuck out to me was this one:

“Many church leaders spend a lot of time praying for a miracle but will not step into the place where miracles happen.”

As I look back at my life and ministry, I can see times that I longed for God to move in a big, even miraculous way.  Now that I am on this side of it, I can also see that there were times that God was already working, where He was ready to do something big in my life or the life of my church, and all I (or we) had to do was step “out of the boat” for the movement of God to happen.  My own faith, or I should say, lack of faith, can be the reason why God at times seems to hold back the miraculous.  He wants to move in big ways… He wants to show Himself strong in my life, and in the life of His church.  But until we step out, in faith, where the miracles can happen, we will never see them happen.

God, help me to step out!