The absolute slowness that comes with the morning is guaranteed. At every reason, the sun, when it rises on any given day, takes its own sweet time. It does not go from dark to light in an instant; it is a process designed by God, which appreciates every moment of a new day and that of HIS creation.
Churches in great instances, resemble the daily sun rising–rising us out of darkness that occasionally or perhaps often for some, allowed to take ahold of souls, rising us out of darkness toward the light-The leading of most pastors is to demonstrate this first step into the direction of something new. To know and understand this newness, it is imperative that a commitment to change is applied into our daily lives. For pastors to lead effectively, they must likewise, clearly see and admit to any needed adjustments. These tweaks could appear as growth opportunities in themselves and within their institutions.
What might these changes gain? They might gain a more committed and growing congregation, the development of strong leaders, a supportive board, a platform for all who want to share their spiritual gifts, an opportunity to better serve surrounding communities, an opening to learn more and teach more effectively, and etc. etc. etc.
When changes of any kind are applied, some may arrive there quickly, while others may seem obsessionally slow. At either step, we are all called to be examples of the Living God. We can hope for a better future, but HE prefers action instead. When it rains, the sun doesn’t shine on that day; yet, it awaits the time when it can glisten on our optimisms toward deliverance once again.
Darkness can be individualized and institutionalized. Consistently work to drive it out, to bring forth God’s light, as a demonstration of HIS perfectly crafted richness.
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver