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.
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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 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?
One of the greatest modern day innovations has to be the development of car satellite navigation system. This wonderful lady never gets stressed, never loses her temper, despite the numerous mistakes I make. Consistently and gently she advises me that she is rerouting. Herein lies a true picture of how our heavenly Father approaches change in our lives. He never shouts or stresses or even communicates disappointment, He simply whispers in the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit “Time to reroute.”At other times when more immediate dramatic change is required I am advised to “turn around where possible.” If you find yourself at such a “Turn around point,” I want to encourage you that there is always a way back. If you face the pain of betrayal, the anxiety of sickness, the trauma of divorce, the famine of unemployment, or the turbulence of accusation there is always the potential for a turnaround. You do not have to stay in your pit, trapped by the sense of loss and pain, destined to repeat past mistakes. Today you can choose to make small adjustments to your thinking that given time will deliver great results. Remember it did not take you a day to get into a mess and it will take longer than a day to move out of it.