What are the most profound ways you’ve changed in your lifetime?
I find this to be a fun thought experiment, especially if – like me, you have some strong opinions.
I’m talking about changes so stark your younger self would wonder if you’d been kidnapped and replaced by a pod person.
When I was in high school, I was convinced I was going to be a physicist. Pretty different from a pastor.
I specifically said I was never going to be one of those people covered in tattoos.
I didn’t like coffee, asparagus or mustard. (Weird I know but I love all those now.)
My beliefs have changed a lot too. I grew up in a very conservative Christian church, so I was convinced the earth was only 6,000 years old. That Jesus only cared about individual salvation not change in the world. That being gay was a sin.
I’ve changed a lot since I was younger. I think most of us have (except the young ones among us… don’t worry: you’ll change a lot too!)
It points to a truth we don’t like to acknowledge: change is inevitable. But at the close of this series today, I want to suggest we celebrate change rather than avoid it.