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Seasons of Change Kansas-Nebraska Conference Youth & Young Adults

I'll be honest, I'm really enjoying all of the time I get with Evangeline these days. In normal seasons I spend a full 147 of the 365 days on the road doing seminars for churches, running camp, attending meetings, or hosting events. In 2019 I spent a full 40% of the year in a foreign bed that was not my own without my pillow or stuffed animal or family nearby. As dark and foreboding as things feel right now with this sickness going around, it has really given me some much needed daughter snuggles and the space to take perspective on all of the priorities in my life. Even if this sickness is just a season, and things quickly return to what was normal, I cherish this time that I have had to get some clarity on what really matters.

"For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to rip, and a time to sew; a time to keep silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NET)

But what if this becomes the new normal? What if this is more than just a season of sickness? A recent article that I read in The Praxis Journal said, "we’re not going back to normal... this is a time to urgently redesign our work in light of what we believe is not just a weeks-long “blizzard,” not even just a months-long “winter,” but something closer to the beginning of a 12–18 month “ice age” in which many assumptions and approaches must change for good. Yet we urge every leader to realize that their organization’s survival in weeks and months, let alone years, depends far more on radical innovation than on tactical cutbacks." This article has challenged me to reconsider everything that I currently do within the context of a possible paradigm shift in ministry. It has challenged me to ask "what radical innovation is needed in this new season of ministry?"

As I'm asking myself these questions, I am also trying to listen to what God may be saying. God has a way of interrupting our plans to fulfill His own, so I am trying to think of God-pertunities where this change can be a blessing in disguise.

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!" Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)

Whether this is a few weeks of sickness or a new reality for our work, I pray that God will bless you with wisdom to meet the needs and minister to your members through this time. May you too keep perspective on the things that truly matter most in this world.

I am here if you need someone to talk to or bounce an idea off of and I am praying for you every single day.

- Tim Floyd

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Created with images by Yuriy Bogdanov - "GOLD/WHEAT" • Autumn Mott Rodeheaver - "Swirling autumn leaves" • Fabrice Villard - "untitled image" • Zoltan Tasi - "Morning lights"