Be the Change


Finding your calling requires growth and courage.

(Listen to my song “I Want to Follow You” by clicking HERE)


Matthew 13:54-55

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son?


Isn’t it true that sometimes the people closest to us can be the biggest stumbling blocks to our growth?

Perhaps they feel threatened by the way we’ve changed…and that they may have to change as well?

Many people do not want to change.

They can end up standing in the way of us reaching our full potential. Sometimes they can also refuse to let go of the past mistakes we’ve made or shortcomings we had.

The people who remembered Jesus as a boy could not accept the inspiring young man he had become. “Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man” (Luke 2:52). He had changed in a big way.

When you follow Jesus, your life will change. That’s a guarantee.

And that will make others around you uncomfortable because they may have to confront their unwillingness to change.

If that happens to you, know that you are in good company. Jesus was rejected by those who knew him when he grew up.

Following Jesus is not easy but it will lead you to inner peace as well as your true self.

And as a follower, remember to respond to those who reject you as Jesus did…with love and compassion.

Perhaps your response…will be the encounter with Christ that they need.


Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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