According to the dictionary, transform means to make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of something, some place or someone.
If I ask you to think about our world, can you think of anything, place, or person who needs a thorough dramatic change?
What about a dramatic change in your neighborhood?
Dramatic change in your home?
If I can name some things ripe for dramatic change: weeds and gnats. I could stand for a lot fewer of both. And also, a lot less violence, poverty, abuse, suffering, prejudice, injustice, sickness, and hatred. And don’t get me started on the need to transform access to good education, clean water, affordable housing, adequate nutrition, decent jobs, and quality healthcare.
When you imagine a world thoroughly and dramatically changed, what kind of world do you imagine?
Ever imagine a world covered by the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea? (Habakkuk 2:14) A world where everyone enjoys life abundantly? (John 10:10) A world overflowing with forgiveness and reconciliation?
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19) A world with a multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language united as one? (Revelation 7:9) A world with more joy? (Philippians 4:4) I would love a world with fewer gnats and more joy. That would be great!
Put your thinking caps on. In about one month we are going to launch a year-long conversation about the kinds of transformation that God desires for our neighborhoods. If God decided to thoroughly and dramatically change something or someone in the Cedar Valley Corridor in which we live – what kind of change would God bring?
You think and pray about this and I will ask for your answer next month.
The Lord be with You,