Welcome to the weekly BCM blog! We will be sharing a devotion every Wednesday. We pray that your first day of classes for the 2020 Fall semester and the transition to Morgantown is going well. When you started classes, you may have noticed changes around campus. As we reflect upon the word change, I would like to share a visual illustration of one my favorite sports movies, Remember the Titans. The movie is based upon a true story of school integration in Virginia in 1971 when most schools were still segregated. The storyline follows the football team but the movie themes are more than just football. Please take a moment a view the clip.
In the video clip, the team is in football camp, the start of new season. During camp the coaches are changing the team culture. The coaches are communicating to the players that things will be changing: the way we tackle, the way we block, the way we eat, the way we sleep, the way we win. Through drills and team building exercises, the mentality and attitudes of individual players are tested. When individual players accept and adapt to the change, there is a positive impact on the entire team.
We are also at the start of camp…a new season, a new semester. It does seem like everything is changing. Adapting to change, can be difficult. We all know that we have had to change the way….(fill in the blank) over the past six months. Now we are changing the way we participate in college classes, campus life, student organizations and etc. How do we adjust to that change?
It can be challenging at times because it seems like what we desire or are comfortable with is slipping away. Is it our calling as disciples of Christ to be comfortable or is following Jesus about our desires? What if God is leading us to adapt? As change will challenges us, adapting to changes will create perhaps even more difficulties. However, we have a faith in Christ and trust in God to lead us. What if we need to create a new mindset, a new attitude as a follower of Christ?
In the Bible, the book of Exodus, chapters 12, 13 and 16, Moses leads the Hebrew people out of Egypt into the desert toward the promised land, God had prepared for them. The Hebrew people after escaping the Egyptians through the parting of the Red Sea, began to complain because they did not want to adapt to change. The desert, the food, and the leadership were all changes the Hebrew people were not happy with. They were not willing to adapt. The Hebrew people struggled to trust God and thought their own wants and desires were more important than God’s plan.
As we experience change, may we trust God to lead a transformational change in our hearts as we continue to seek Christ. May we ask God to give us a willing heart and mind. Let us be committed in bringing glory to God as we follow Christ in the midst of change. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”–Romans 12:2.