C-H-A-N-G-E! Boldly in four inch letters I printed the word across the brochure declaring to its readers that the United Methodist charge conferences were  going to be different.  As Conference Council Director I eagerly  placed it in the hands of the bishop for final approval before it was distributed to all Louisiana pastors.  His response was immediate.  “Consider using a different word, Leslie.  Most people don’t like that word.” But God sure does.  He loves change.  His creation declares it.  Our bodies refuse to deny it. Change teaches us flexibility.  Through change we learn to let go and trust what is to come. However, If that trust has been violated too many times in our lives we find ourselves resistant to change.   We seek  comfort in keeping things as they’ve always been.  Like a flailing trapeze artist refusing the bar swung her way we hang mid air holding on to what’s familiar unable to go anywhere. So, go for it.  If God is nudging you to make a change in your life, do it.   Jump!  Leap!  Resist the temptation to figure it all out .  Remember His promise, “I will never leave or forsake you.” You can’t have a better safety net than that! Lord, our “What if” looms large.  What if this isn’t you?  What if this is the wrong thing to do?  Help us Lord to trust you to send signs to point us in the right direction.  Turn our panic to peace so that we may see Your signs and hear Your voice. We adore You, O Christ, now and forever.  Amen. P.S.  I find this fascinating.  I thought I was writing this article to tell you I was going to stop Leslie’s Learnings while beginning my next doctoral course.  That’s not where He led me.  Guess He thinks I can handle what feels impossible to me.  Definitely didn’t anticipate that sign! Swinging mid air with you, Leslie

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