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“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no con-cept of the odds against them,” said Robert Jarvick. This may be true for some, but I’ve met and known many other leaders who were well aware of the fears and the odds that were against them.

I say that leaders who are visionaries realize that “fear” and the “odds” are steps to overcome on the path to improved living. To put it differently, Win-ston Churchill said, “If you don’t take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat.”

We face significant spiritual and economic realities today. This is not about whether our past was good, whether we worked hard to provide for the people of our communities, or whether the changes that happened should or should not have happened.

The world in which we live changed and continues to change. The means of work, living, communication, and thinking, are different than 10 years ago. My grandpa, were he living, would not know what a “byte” is except as part of a meal. For him, “log on,” meant put wood on the fire.

Learning that is spiritually focused in the midst of a sea of change is key for us to thrive in this time. A learning approach allows us to address fears and barriers as steps on the pathway of fruitful and faithful living. This Lenten season is a great time to choose a learning group here at Mishawaka 1st so that change, fear and challenge become positive faith steps.

Pastor Rick