Called to Transformation
Called to Transformation
- We are called to life and light, but the treasure can only be attained through a quest, a journey, a process which moves us on, changes our environment and in the process, changes us. We are changed by the process, by walking forward, step by step. We are called to change, formed by change and how we respond to the challenges of change.
- Some changes begin abruptly. We feel thrown out onto the road. But even when we are excited by the change, the experience of it can surprise us. Change comes with a cost and so it is necessary to assess the value of change against the benefits of not changing or changing at another pace or in a different way. It also means that we need time and help to assimilate change and work out how it can be beneficial for us.
- Our ability to respond to the challenges of change in a positive way depends on whether or not we feel resourced for it. Whether we have the right kit or clothing, for example.
- There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing.
- Another difficulty is that any process of change involves a considerable amount of waiting. Once a process of change is in play, it is rarely wholly under our control. If anyone else is involved, then it is necessary to negotiate between the pace at which they wish (or are able) to do things and the pace at which we wish to work. It is rare for individual styles to mesh entirely, and even when they do, there are always many external factors which affect the process and yet which we are unable to control.
- So we not only work for renewal but also wait for it. How we wait matters and makes a great difference, not only to our experience of change, but also to the grace which is generated and conveyed along the way and generated and conveyed by the eventual outcome/s. How we change is as important, perhaps even more important in the long run, as whether or not we change and the direction in which we travel.
- Wherever possible, we change toward abundance. It is necessary to keep the vision of abundance in mind throughout the process, because the slightest resistance to change (in ourselves, others, circumstances, events, materials) has an abrading effect. Change can be a process of attrition even when it is exciting and rewarding. Endless change is particularly wearying and calls for processes which incorporate those factors which feed us and facilitate endurance. This includes an understanding of praying through change and embedding change in new life-giving habits and forms and attitudes.
- Jesus was a specialist in transformation and trained his disciples to be specialists in transformation too. The substance of Christian discipleship is the ability to adapt ourselves and to lead others through change in ways that generate and convey the gracious, generous love of God.