Pastor Kevin's Korner

From Pastor Kevin:

A couple months ago, someone gave me a little book to read that they thought I would enjoy. Not only did I enjoy it, but it contained some valuable lessons dealing with subject of change. Sometimes life throws us a curveball and we are forced to change. But sometimes we can grow too comfortable with the way “things” are going and change needs to take place, less we risk missing out on the most important things in life. The title of the book is Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. The story goes something like this…

A group of old school friends are gathered for dinner one night and the topic of conversation shifts to changes—in career, relationships, and family life. One of those present contends that change no longer bothers him after having heard a funny little story called Who Moved My Cheese? The story involves four characters who live in a maze: two mice named Scurry and Sniff, and two “little people” named Hem and Haw. All is going well because they have found a huge source of their favorite food—cheese. Hem and Haw have moved their houses to be near the cheese and it has even become the center of their lives. But what they do not notice is that the cheese is getting smaller. Finally, they are devastated when they arrive at the site one morning and find that the cheese is now gone.

This is where the story splits in two subplots. Scurry and Sniff quickly accept the loss of the cheese and go off into the maze in search of other sources of cheese. Hem and Haw, because they have built their lives around the big source of cheese, feel they are the victim of some kind of fraud or theft. Yet this only makes things worse, as they continue to cling to the hope of things getting better and they begin to go hungry. Meanwhile, the mice move on and find new cheese in order to survive. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for those of you who wish to read the book for yourselves.

So, what does all this have to do with church, you might be asking? Well, even in local churches we must learn to adapt to shifts in culture and respond with new ways to reach people with the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Too often we grow comfortable and complacent in our churches and don’t even realize that our ministries are no longer as effective as they once were. Sometimes we need to seek a fresh vision of what God is doing and move in a new direction. Doing this can be scary and uncomfortable, but if we want to remain relevant to our culture (while certainly remaining biblical), we must be willing to change sometimes. Instead of seeing change as the end of something, we must learn to see it  as a beginning of something new and exciting. To help him remember this reality, Haw writes this one day on the wall of the maze: "If you do not change, you can become extinct." What a valuable lesson to learn, both in life in general, and in the life of a local church.

In a few days a new year will begin. Where has 2019 gone? Fresh starts are good times to evaluate things and see if someone (or something) has moved your cheese. As always, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for FBC in the year 2020. He might allow us to continue with some ministries and activities, but He might also “move our cheese” and ask us to go seek a new direction that He has for us. May we see this New Year as an exciting adventure together for His glory, and not a scary trip into the unknown. God has a perfect plan and purpose for us, and the safest and best place to be is right in the middle of that plan. Let’s seek the cheese together!! Have a blessed month and year!!

- - Pastor Kevin