In Chapter 1 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author Max Lucado states that transformation is part of our life’s story. We won’t always be the same people we are presently. In the future we either will be incomparably better- or worse. Pastor Ortberg quotes C. S. Lewis from his book The Weight of Glory. C. S. Lewis expresses the hope of transformation as he contrasts the mortality of the world with the immortality of humanity:
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, marry, snub, and exploit- immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
In the Study Guide for Chapter 1 (located at the end of the book), Kevin Harney asks that if we truly believe what C. S. Lewis is saying, how might our behavior change toward, for example, a bitter enemy? Do we harbor antagonistic thoughts toward a specific individual or group directly or indirectly responsible for our position loss- for actions committed that led to our loss or for omissions that failed to prevent that loss?
Identifying and giving voice to our thoughts and emotions can help us specify positive behavioral changes that will play an important role in our healing process and subsequesnt ministry revitalization.