A little change here, a little change there…

…and soon you might be looking at something substantial.

Suvir Mirchandani is a 14 year old boy from near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He has found a way for the US Government to save $136 million a year.  By changing fonts.

Mirchandani found that if the Government Printing Office changed to the Garamond font for all their printing, they would save this amount of money.

$136 million is a lot of money to you and me, but, admittedly, it is chump change on the scale of the dollars the Federal Government deals with.

I am less interested in entering a debate about government spending than I am in you and I grasping the value of available for our lives.  What may seem like a small change can actually add up to something rather significant.

During this season of Lent, what small change are you willing to make in your life that might become a significant improvement in your following of Jesus?

If it is a small change you are willing to share, please share it here: I an quite sure someone else can learn from your introspection.

Changing Your Mind

Are you at the mercy of whatever happens to enter your mind?  Sometimes this becomes an excuse we make.  It is one tool we use to justify a lack of transformation in our lives.

Now, you may (or may not) want any transformation in your life, but people of God are promised, offered, commanded it.

So here we go. Can we, indeed, change our minds?

I did so last night.  I am still surprised that it happened, and the degree to which it succeeded.

You see, I had a particular song in my head.  It doesn’t matter what song it was, but you know how this works.  Sometimes you get a song in your head and it just stays.  (I once had the theme from the A-Team in my head for over a year, but don’t hold that against me)

I was tired of this particular song, whatever it was, so I set to thinking of a different song.  I hoped to replace one song with another.

It worked.  I don’t mind telling you, either, that, for whatever reason, the new song, that I now cannot get out of my head is Shine, by the Newsboys. (Thank you, Glen Lake Camp, for making sure that song was in my recall files.)

Changing what is in one’s mind is not always this easy, but it IS possible.  More than that, perhaps it will help you to know that God is interested in changing our minds (Romans 12:2 & 2 Corinthians 10:5, for example).

Give it a try.  Start with something little, like a song in your head.

God’s it for it. Are you?

You are NOT alone!

“I don’t have time for this!” I thought this morning, as I realized the lane I was in was closed just ahead. I sat through a cycle of the traffic light wishing I had gone a different route.

Less than a second after the “I don’t have time for this!” thought, it hit me that I was surrounded by cars with drivers and some with passengers NONE of whom likely had time for this, either.

Which reminded me of the sign you see to the left: “BRIDGE ICES BEFORE ROAD.” On a road trip through Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas last week, I saw probably a few hundred such signs.

Early in my experience of these signs I noticed that I had begun to read them “bridges ice before road” rather than “bridge ices before road.”

The moving of one ‘s’ hardly changes the meaning of the sign.  In fact, I don’t imagine either reading would prove more or less effective than the other.

On the other hand, the moving of that one letter makes a HUGE difference!

“Bridges ice before road” is  a true statement.  That signs are posted for each (or most) particular bridges does nothing to change the fact that icing before the road is a characteristic common to all bridges.

If this is true about all bridges, why does each sign refer only to the bridge it is posted near?

I do not know the answer to that question other than as it relates to my not having time to be stuck in traffic this morning.  I didn’t.  No one else did, either.

One of the great challenges we have living in community is that too many of us seem to live focused entirely on ourselves and our needs.  Too often and too easily we get so caught up in our own stuff that we don’t take the time to notice that most other people share many of the same needs and interests as we have.

If we were bridges, we would all ice before the road.

How might it help you negotiate your world this week if you grow your awareness that other people have many of the same needs, interests, desires, distractions, burdens, anxieties that you have?