The word can be terrifying, unsettling, disturbing, and yet it can be that thing that makes everything fall into place. It is a word that in its very nature can cause us to do some crazy things. But it is also a word that breathes fresh air into a situation that seemed impossible to accomplish. A simple word with six different letters - Change!
Think about those religious Jewish folks who thought everything they were doing was right, and their poster boy, Paul, the highly educated, thought-he-was-right zealot - they experienced one difficult, impossible change. They were challenged, humbled and set right after much pain. And that's another word that sends chills down our back, pain. It is a prerequisite of change.
Many of those in addiction face those words, and for some, it is against what they have learned and been doing since childhood in a new generation of families that use together more than they pray together. For others, it is a complete lifestyle change from gangster to solid citizen. Still others have been on crutches of addictive support for so long that they cannot walk without it.
Change is coming and if we don't change, we find ourselves caught in a trap of complacency, dependency, and uselessness. From caterpillar to butterfly, it can be a thing of complete beauty if it is done in a natural transition from something to something better.
Next week we will have a major announcement about the future of ATB, a ministry that is about to take flight and spread its wings. And the wonderful thing about it, is that so many people, especially Campus Church, have helped us get to where we are so most of the growing pains have already been felt and now we just have to soar.
If you want the news early, come to our celebration this Monday night at Campus Church, 7:30-9 PM, Rooms 201-202. If not, stay tuned for the flight plan of ATB Change!
Challenge ourselves to be all that God intended us to be.
Hear what he is telling us, not what the world says
Accept that fact that standing put doesn't always win
Never go with our gut instinct, go with the God instinct
Give the situation over to the architect of grand design
Excel at what we do, don't just exist
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.