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Change isn’t always a bad thing

Pastor Jim Beilstein of Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association

The word change has often been used in politics the past few years and has also been used more recently in our entire society. But the only change that seems to be taking place is for us to become more polarized around the particular issue being discussed such as the economy. I was raised to believe that change is a necessary part of life, but that change is not always good. In fact, I believe that most people as they get older do not like change.

Since I consider myself in that category of getting older, it seems I should also be in the group that dislikes change. But I have always found change inevitable and exciting. Even as I write about change in this column a certain excitement prevails. Maybe that is why I have lived in so many different cities and have embarked upon two careers. My first career was engineering, sales and management for Westinghouse Electric. My present career as a pastor has definitely been a change from the first.

Jesus underwent an amazing change while He was on earth as is described in the Bible.

“…he took Peter, John and James with him and went onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus” (Luke 9:28-31).

The change that Jesus underwent is termed the “Transfiguration,” since His human body was transformed as the glory of His divine nature showed through His face and clothing. Moses and Elijah seem to appear to reinforce this change in Jesus by their presence as He prepares for the remainder of His earthly ministry.

But the character in this drama, other than Jesus, who I want to concentrate upon is Peter the disciple. Peter is quoted many times in the Bible as saying the wrong thing at the wrong time as in the following verse.

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“As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (He did not know what he was saying,)” Luke 9:33.

Indeed Peter put his foot in his mouth again. Jesus did not want Peter and the other disciples to camp out on this mountain but to go back to the valley to change their lives. That is what Jesus wants of you and me as we live in this wonderful Carson Valley. He wants us to grow and change to be more like Him. This change should include loving one another as we wish to be loved or in our present society to at least respect one another. I believe as we become more like Jesus and understand the change that He went through we will feel better about change in our lives.

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