A Journey Needs Change

Dan Howard   -  

The Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
One step, a small distance, a little exertion.
A small change can be an impetus to big change.
A small change can be proof big change can happen.

To prove my point, let’s play a word game.
The word curse is an intimidating word.  It means:

1: a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one
2: a profane or obscene oath or word

I curse, you curse, we curse, they/he/she/it curses… basic English
We often curse or are cursed at often I life. But let’s make a simple change my friends.
Let’s simply remove one letter. One S. By doing so we get a whole new word.

The word cure is a positive word. It means:

1a: spiritual charge: CARE
b: pastoral charge of a parish

2a: recovery or relief from a disease
b: something (such as a drug or treatment) that cures a disease.
c: a course or period of treatment

3: a complete or permanent solution or remedy

I cure, you cure, we cure, they/he/she/it cures

See the difference that just a little change makes! You may look at your life today and only see a few small changes. But those small changes are God given and designed to give you what you need to bring glory to God’s kingdom. After all, look at 2 Cor 5:17 (ESV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

God loves you too much to leave you the way you are. He is a God who changes His creation for the better. Sometimes it is big changes. We often celebrate or are impressed by those changes.
Abram went to Abraham
Sarai to Sara
Jacob to Israel
Rahab went from prostitute to hero
Ruth from widow to wife
From Saul to Paul
Zacchaeus from cheat to charity
Peter from brash to blessed

Other times it is small changes…that lead to something bigger. It ALWAYS leads to something bigger. How can I say that? Let’s play the game again. Read 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Now, let’s take a word like…ohhh….let’s say GRAVE
Now, you can only change one letter. The goal is to make the word into the one thing defeats the grave. It’s the one thing that makes you eternally destined for heaven….need a hint, Check out Ephesians 2:8-9

Changing daily, but loved by an unchanging God.

-Pastor Dan