In the past few years, I have written about the importance of change, and how we must embrace it. Over a year ago, I made many changes in my life. I changed churches after being committed to one for over three years. I lost my friends due to this change. My pastor’s moved after serving under them for several years. I lost all my leadership roles at the church once I stepped out from being a member. You see, church was my life. Besides working, I stayed busy helping the pastors in various projects. It became my identity. What I did became who I was.
One Sunday God told me this is your last Sunday here at this church. In that moment, I was overwhelmed with the change. I did what I was told and attended church that day for the very last time. I seemed lost for many months trying to fit in and find my place to serve in a new church. Even when I was discouraged, I found myself not wanting to give up. Once I found a church that God led me to, I still mourned over my previous church I attend. I struggled with my emotions and my thoughts.
Eventually, as I continued to attend the new church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, I began to feel like I belonged. I took two months off from serving to find myself again. Little by little I took steps into serving in the church as a greeter once-a-month. In September 2017, I had the opportunity to serve beside another church to help those throughout our community. In November 2017, I started to help with the youth group on Wednesdays. I have participated in many Bible and book studies throughout the year. I am now part of a church that I love and feel honored to serve in. I have realized that church is not just about works, but it is all about having a relationship with God and being in fellowship with other Christians. My identity is in Christ and not in what I do.
Change can bring many hardships, but, in the end, we are rewarded for not quitting. Since this change, I have had to adjust to being in new leadership roles in the church, meeting new people, making new friends, working with a new boss, and financial changes. My life looks completely different from a year ago, but I am thankful for the changes in my life. It has helped me to grow personally as well as Spiritually. I have realized I am a stronger person than I thought, and I can do anything with Christ by my side.
If you are struggling with changes in your life, always remember God is on your side every step of the way. The journey might not always be easy, but the reward is always worth it.