One of my favorite childhood television shows was transformers. I loved the show, the toys, the story line of good vs. evil. One of the signature lines of the leader named optimus prime was "transform and roll out."
Tonight I attended the Annual General Meeting for our organization. I listened to the different area directors tell stories over the last year. The success and the favor that they had in each area. When it was my turn I walked up to the front. I had in my mind stories of great and amazing things that have happened over the past year, but instead I took the opportunity to list what the reality is right now.
Many youth who we saw experience massive life change last year are now at extreme lows. The same kids whom we saw have amazing encounters with God, are now denying his existence. The same kids who wanted to change the world now want to curl up into a ball and die. The kids who dared to dream big dreams are now plagued by nightmare. The way I described it was that God pulled these kids out of the hole they were in - they saw the light and how big the world was around them. Then they fell back in the hole and forgot all about the world above them.
What happened? Life. And many days - it sucks. My team and I are not scared off by this. In fact we look to what is happening not as defeats but simply part of reality. Change is hard. My team was there when they were first in the hole. We were there when they got pulled out. We were there when they fell back into it. We will be there when they climb back out. We are there day in and day out.
We are there as they transform, but also when they roll out.