A team of us from my church went to Nicaragua this past February on a mission trip and our theme was "Change The World; Be The Change". God had given this key phrase to one of our ladies who I call my "Soul Sister" to be our main theme for the mission trip and challenged us all to be that CHANGE. A Change that would be so evident for Christ that others would want that change in their life and in doing so YES, we could change the world...one soul at a time, one woman at a time, one wife at a time, one mother at a time. Well, that phrase has not left my mind nor my heart and when I saw these words on a decal I knew that I had to come up with something that would be a cute gift for my friend.
As you can see I winded up buying several different sheets of quotes to use in the future. I bought a plain black frame.
I took the cardboard part out of the frame and went to work with my gold spray paint. Anybody else love spray paint as much as I do????
I spray painted the cardboard gold and let it dry.
Then I simply took my decal and peeled off the back and adhered it to the gold cardboard.
The black lettering looked so pretty up against the gold don't you think?
Popped it back in the black frame and spray painted a brown easel gold for display.
Nope, not an expensive gift by any means. Nope, didn't take a whole lot of time to do. Nope, wasn't anything spectacular. The whole concept is that we must be the change that we want to see.
We can change things without changing our moral and Christian values. We can change the way we do things without changing who we are.
If we want our marriages to be better then sometimes that requires a change. If we want our relationship to be better with our children then sometimes that requires a change. If we want things to be different then yes, sometimes, oftentimes, it requires change.
Please do not misunderstand me as I am well aware of how sometimes it doesn't matter how much we are willing to change to make things better it just flat out doesn't happen! But I think you are getting the message I'm trying to convey.
So funny at the timing of this message. This past Monday I was talking with a lady that I have known for several years now and our conversation went from "sharing a recipe, grandkids, what's the best spot remover for ink" to "Thanksgiving and Christmas" is almost upon us. You know we women can cover lots of ground in a short amount of time. Of course when she said she dreaded the holiday season I had to ask why? Though the holiday season may get hectic I still love it so my inquiring mind wanted to know her reasoning. She told me that there always seems to be chaos among her two daughters and her son because they could never agree on family holiday schedules. The more we talked the more I learned quickly the problem wasn't with the children. The problem was with her. She was dead set against making any changes to her holiday season or trying to work with her family to make it work for the family. I share that to say this; if we want change...then sometimes we have to be willing to change. I didn't say we had to like it or love it....
Web imageIt's the same thing with church. Whew are we quick to say, "I wish that they (key word here being THEY...anyone else but US) would do this or that and change things up a bit in this area or that area. Maybe the Lord is calling us to be that change that is needed. If we want the people at church to be more loving then we may need to be the change and start loving others. If we want our church to be more exciting then we might need to do a little changing and get out there and start doing things for God. Go on a mission trip, get a team of people together and go visit those in the hospital or nursing home. Get involved with an activity that involves your community. Start a new ministry in your church. Do something that brings about change for the better. Be willing to step up to the plate and serve in some area. We may wish that folks seemed more accepting of others in the church. We may need to be the change and look around us at our next church service and see who we might feel is being overlooked or even neglected. The ideas to make things better or endless...the problem is that it means we might have to change a little to make it happen. Change our lifestyle, our daily routines, our way of doing things the same old way....
Most oftentimes....CHANGE BEGINS WITH US.
The definition of Change is: the action of changing something.
The bottom line: In order to make a difference we must be willing to make a change.
And my sweet soul sister loved her little gift. It brought back a wonderful memory of how the Lord used a group of eleven women that totally depended on Him to make a difference in the lives of many women and that for us...required our willingness to change!
What is it this week that you might need to change for the better?
Joining Jemma this week for Thoughts of Home.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy