Smogin’ It Up


I don’t know about you, but I think my body has adapted to the blanket of smog that covers the Los Angeles skyline. I’ve been planted in the L.A. area since 1977 and, after 34 years immersed in this horrid trench, I think I’m nuts to say that I can’t see myself living anywhere else.

Ok…maybe the Bay or in the Big Apple or, perhaps even, on the Big Island.

It seems, every time I land somewhere where the air is remotely cleaner (i.e. The Big Island, Mammoth, or Tahoe), my insides go through somewhat of a recalibration process to adjust itself to the crisp, healthier environment. I usually feel sick for the first few moments in my new destination and I’m left wondering why I departed the City of Angels in the first place. Yet, because God inserted an adaptable gene into our mainframe, I’m sure I could eventually get used to any destination He would have me call home.

Speaking of adapting to new environments, I’m wondering how you adapt to change. Whether it’s a new job or a new family (via marriage), change is inevitable. And, depending on your situation, change can be as toxic as L.A.’s smog bubble.

Our church, by the year’s end, will be in the midst of an absorption process where we will have acquired a second campus to expand God’s work in the Norwalk/Bellflower/Cerritos area. It’s going to be an interesting journey, to say the least, but, in the midst of it all, change is going to be at the forefront of our existing site and the church we will assume leadership over.

Not to say it’s going to be toxic, but we all have our work cut out for us.

In the end, it’s an opportunity to continue God’s work, so however you slice it, it’s going to be good.

How about you? How do you adapt to change? And, for church leaders out there, how do you adapt to change in an expanding context were two churches becoming one are involved?

Let’s talk.