I continue to be amazed at what God drops in my spirit for these prayer posts. Yesterday was a full afternoon and it wasn't until mid-evening that I realized I hadn't considered or inquired the direction for what you are about to read. Upon acknowledging I needed His help (as I do with every post) it wasn't but moments that it occurred.
We stayed in the area we were in yesterday, to attend my father-in-laws church softball games. The last game was a make-up game from a previous rain-delay and the schedule required them to play on a different field. As we were walking, my father-in-law talked with a young player about what transpired in the previous game. The young player had switched-hit. He started hitting left-handed, instead of right-handed. The acknowledgement? He was getting more hits and getting to the plate more often.
The chat didn't take but a couple moments but it was enough to be inspired. How much more, do such change-ups help in the church world? Sometimes things are effective and efficient, but not as much as they could or should occur. Other times, they are neither effective or efficient. It may take a great deal of work to figure it. It may take one simple change in the approach to the matter and suddenly you find yourself in the groove.
Whatever it is, whatever it may look like, the change may be necessary.
It may be hard to acknowledge.
It may be difficult to navigate.
It may be frustrating to figure out.
It may be exhausting to finish.
None of that however, denies the fact that it very well, could totally be worth it in the end.
Not to mention work out for the better long-term, leaving you with a single regret...
"why didn't I try this sooner?"
Pray this #effectiveSunday, for the miraculous in churches and ministries. For whatever in their operation that isn't working, whether at all or as well as it should or could; may it get sorted out. With the help and power of God, wise counsel and hard work all covered in prayer; may God grant to churches the ability to see-through to completion the work and ministry He has called them. Pray for a renewed sense of strength. Pray for an increased sense of creativity. May the changes that happen, be for the glory of God; not simple for the pleasure of man. May their efforts continue to point people to Christ and draw people closer to God.
For even in Christ's ministry;
While the miracles looked similar,
There was a change-up each time...
To meet people where they were.
For the glory of God.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.