CHANGE = to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone:
Change is NEVER easy? Change is VERY EASY when you understand and look forward to growth, progress, and something new. I realized a long time ago that CHANGE IS GOOD. In the times where God has moved me into a new season or a new chapter, there has always been that timeframe of change, the times of HELLO & GOODBYE. Goodbye to the old (places, positions, cities, relationships, experiences, memories, etc) and hello to the new (places, positions, cities, relationships, experiences, memories, etc).
What’s changing? Well, let me squueeeeeezzze my past 3 months into a couple sentences: In one week I was told my family has 30 days to move from the house we were living in AND we had close the doors to LIFE CENTER. Moving your entire house and church building within one month…with nowhere to go, um I’ll take “unpredicted situations that change your life” for $500 please (I really hope you readers are familiar with Jepordy or that made no sense to you). During a couple weeks of hotel, trailer park, camp ground, and house church conversations, we find and buy OUR FIRST HOME. So now we’re moving…oh, did I mention, I work a mon-fri full time job, have my own side business, and over see different ministries… someone please sleep for me because I don’t have time to slip into my pajamas. Bringing it to a close; No sleep, can’t answer my phone because I’m sweeping out a flooded garage while NOT answering emails because I just worked 12 hours with no breaks knowing that we have no building to hold our events causing me to rewrite our summer plans all while our website (yes, this very one right here) is shut down because I forgot to pay my domain name renewell fee AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
Jesus said “you can’t pour new wine into old wine skins” (Mark 2:22). There has to be some change (even if it is uncomfortable) if you want something new. Praise God that even when we burst as old wine skins He makes us new again, able to carry something fresh. How did God make me new? He used people like Floyd Huntly (HolyKiss) to call me just to pray for me. He gives me support through people like my cousin Pastor Anthony. My Wife & Son, my motivation. He surrounds me with great people like the HD Platform Staff (Ahelya, Paul, Kyndra, Anthony, Kourtney, Josh, Ryan, Kylie, Daniel, and Jessica). He gives me strength through my family and friends who helped me move. People like Trish, Anna, Larry, Willie & Gree who remind me what God has called me to do. Men and Woman of God like Pastor Martin, Alex Perez, Rob Sanchez, and my in law’s, Pastor Tommy & Monica whose words fueled my faith. The bands and artist from the High Desert who inspire me to do what I do. That’s how God guided me through this “change”.
Bands and artist like Kylie & Mychal, Chad & Garret, Holy Kiss, Audrey Teal, and Just a Bunch of Musicians, who put on one of my favorite shows of all time. You guys that performed on April 13, 2013 at the LIFE CENTER’s final Platform show reminded me, that even though change has come the future looks awesome. So what’s next? Oh, you don’t want to miss what we have planned for you. And with all that said, Goodbye & Hello. -Esteban