September 18, 2017

About this time of year, my Facebook feed fills up with pictures from previous Well kick-offs. It’s bittersweet this time looking at those images of crowded rooms, laughing faces, hugs and all the excitement. It makes me smile to remember all the joy and promise and potential every new session brought, so honestly, I’m a little sad we don’t get to experience that this fall. I seriously miss my weekly greeter hugs, the snacks (though, I think I’ve actually lost a pound or two!), the sometimes goofy MC announcements, the great devotions, the Kingdom-centric teaching, the encouragement, and the come-as-you-are-but-don’t-leave-as-you-came atmosphere that is The Well. Transition is just always hard, like, accepting that your baby isn’t a baby anymore or moving to a new state or starting a new career. Change threatens us with uncertainty, stress and fear of the unknown, and yet we don’t have to be held prisoner by those things. Instead of focusing on the way things were or presently are, we can set our hope and direct our prayers in anticipation of what God is going to do and how He is already making provision for all we need both now and in the future. Instead of focusing on our feelings, we can choose to focus on the people and opportunities God puts in our paths. I don’t need The Well to make me a welcoming person. I can bring that kind of spirit into any relationship, old or new, because that’s how we are to live as followers of Christ. I can host a Bible study in my home or community and infuse it with the things I like about The Well. I can join one of the studies that’s being offered by one of my fellow Wellers and implement the discipleship training I’ve received at The Well. I can be on mission while sitting in a waiting room, shopping at the grocery store or walking on the treadmill at the gym. I can kick off something even without a Well Kick Off. This fall can still be full with joy and promise and potential. I just have to be willing to try.

Liz Hile
The Well Bible Study Ministry