“There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain.”
– Dave Browning
I’ve found this to be especially true in ministry. In fact, I came across this quote in a book about simplicity in ministry. To get to simplicity often means change. And change is not easy; often its downright horrible. But, if it’s the right change, it’s always worth it in the end.
Anytime I think about making an organizational change, the deeper the change the more people come to mind that will feel like they’re being ignored, maligned or pushed aside. It’s tough to weigh out what’s best when, either way, someone is getting the short end of the stick. Making change toward health and vitality means cutting away things that sap energy, rob life and destroy forward momentum. What makes it difficult is the obvious and constant connection to people who, even with their rough edges, are wonderful, loving and all around great. I mean, who actually wants to inflict pain?
“This will hurt, but it will lead to your healing…”