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September 3, 2016, 7:52 PM

Road Under Construction

I remember the first time that I went through the Ramsey Mtn. stop light with the new two lanes turning left during the morning traffic. I was amazed at how much more efficient it was. I thought to myself: “this is how they should have made this intersection in the first place.” 

I'll admit that I had my doubts when I first saw how they were setting it up. I thought there would be a ton of wrecks and confusion. I thought it would take too long since they were only letting one side go at a time. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly people adjusted and well the traffic moved through the intersection. 

I also had my doubts during the summer of construction. That intersection was a nightmare. The road was torn up. Traffic zooming up the mountain and then coming to a dead stop. There were many days that I thought the highway department was out of their mind. I could not figure out for the life of me why they were messing with something that wasn't broke in the first place.

There were some kinks that had to be worked out and people had to adjust a little bit, but overall I think it has worked great. The truth is, that intersection was broke and we didn't even know it. It works so much better now that there is no comparison. It was a major inconvenience at the beginning of the project, but the end result works beautifully.

I recall your memory to that project to bring up some changes that we are making around here. The truth is that there are a lot of things that work fine but could be better, and unfortunately there are some things that are broken.  As we go to work on these things, there will be some kinks to work out and some adjustments to be made. 

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 explains that the body is not made of only one type of body part, and that it wouldn't work very well if it were. Paul then drew the comparison between the church and the human body. Each individual member of our church was called here by God, and then gifted by God, so that they could be used by God to carry out His will in our church and community. 

As we enact changes, we do so first and foremost to grow. We want to make changes that help us grow and mature spiritually. We want to make changes that help us grow numerically. But, we don't want to just grow spiritually or just grow numerically. We want to grow so that we can see more people understand and realize the joy that comes from being used by God to accomplish His will. 

There may be some delays. There may be some kinks to work out. There may be some new things that require us to adjust. But in the end, I truly believe that we will look back and say, we should have been doing ministry this will all along. 

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