The classic ’90′s Rock song “Something Changed” by the Pulp captures something of the hope that we all hold onto. Old well worn paths of disappointment can suddenly be illuminated by the entrance of something new. As swiftly as the dawn breaks, shattering the darkness with glorious radiant rays of sunlight, so as swiftly, in just a moment, something can change that breaks the storm, engages hope and shifts the balance of probability in our favour. It is indeed an intrinsic experience woven into the fabric of creation that as quickly as yesterday ends, so our darkest night can become a glorious new day. Herein lays the foundation of the Christian hope, that “someone up above” is orchestrating events in our favour in order to reposition us and set us on the road for a better tomorrow. Indeed no matter how impossible or hopeless our circumstances become, heaven holds the keys to unlock our turnaround. It only takes a minute, a conversation, a telephone call, an email, a seemingly chance meeting for providence to ask us to dance. Interestingly, on closer inspection there are often key indicators that position us for a desired change and foretell the probability of a change soon to come. In the following 10 observations I highlight some of the potential indicators and ingredients of positive circumstantial change.
The European church is in a state of decline. The pressure on the church and its leaders is immense. But this time is a great time for the astonishing leaders who are willing to disrupt the fulcrum of their “negative” thinking, lengthen the lever of possibility and maximise the input of effort. To these few I have learnt that “all things are possible.”
“The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. This is true. What a man is survives him. It cannot be buried.”
The concept of mansion building or mansion thinking was new to me. Sat on a rocky outcrop watching the sun rise across the brow of the horizon I began to get a revelation of what I now call mansion thinking. I had never perceived or comprehended thinking like this before. I had been cultured to think with modesty and humility, not excellence and excess. I had cultivated the small and not entertained the big. With incredulity I began to see that I was not called to build a shabby life or a dusty church, but to build and think as a mansion builder.
To provoke you to walk down Transformation Street I would like you to stop and consider this question? If a miracle happened in your life tomorrow – and your life became exactly what you wanted it to be – What would your new life look like?