COURAGE TO CHANGE

I lived for 27 years about an hour down the road from Jamestown, Virginia. It is located on the James River a few miles from Williamsburg. The James flows for 340 miles across eastern Virginia through Richmond and into the Tidewater region.

In 1607, 104 English men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement. On May 13 they picked Jamestown for their new home, which was named after their King, James I. It became the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Over 400 years ago these English pioneers crossed the Atlantic Ocean on three ships, the Godspeed, Discovery and Susan Constant. It was a voyage that took incredible courage. And it was financed by men with a vision for the future.

They sailed uncharted seas and traveled thousands of miles to follow their vision of religious freedom. The amount of courage it took to attempt such an unbelievable undertaking is hard to calculate. But they had a grand vision of a land of freedom and it inspired them greatly.

In the first year of the Jamestown settlement they established their town. In the second year they established a Town Council. In the third year the Council voted to build a road five miles into the wilderness. But in the fourth year the English almost impeached the Town Council for trying to build that road.

People who once had a great vision to travel across a gigantic ocean were now people who could not see five miles into the wilderness. People who once looked into the future with boldness now looked into it with fear.

The same thing can happen to us. In Acts 26:19 when Paul was speaking to King Agrippa he said, “I obeyed this vision from heaven.” God had chosen Paul to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, to spread the Gospel to the known world. And he followed that vision with great courage and boldness.

We must act in faith not in fear. It is easy to get comfortable, even in a bad situation. We can become resistant instead of open to the new things God may want to do. New ways can be threatening to familiar ways. It can be hard to accept change when we don’t know what will happen. But be open, be willing, be excited about new opportunities God is bringing into your life.

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