I remember my first year at Life 101.9 like it was yesterday yet I have been here nearly six years.
I remember my first assignment as Advancement Director. I was to go out and meet face to face with as many of our long time financial partners as possible to just get to know them and thank them for their years of faithful support.
I especially remember the final instructions that Doug Smith, our station manager gave to me my first day on the job.
He warned me that I might receive a few complaints about a major programming change that had been completed just 18 months before I arrived. This change represented a huge paradigm shift for our listeners so it was made slowly, beginning in 2005 and finally completed in 2010. He said that although most of our listeners supported the decision, that it was possible that I would still run into a few folks who maybe did not.
As a newby, I wasn’t real excited about the unknowns of this task but Doug assured me that nearly all of those who understood the rationale, supported it and he reminded me that if I explained how our decision had given us the opportunity to share the love of God with more people than ever before, that I should find a receptive audience.
This decision we made was to move Bible teachers that had been a part of our program lineup on Life 101.9 – some for decades – completely off of 101.9 FM. The list of shows featured some of the most respected names in Christian broadcasting. Programs like “Insight for Living” with Chuck Swindoll, “Turning Point” with David Jeremiah and “Focus on the Family” originally founded by child psychologist Dr. James Dobson were just a few of the shows that were being removed from Life 101.9. We would still feature them on the Faith Radio Network at www.myfaithradio.com as well as on 93.1 FM and 1090 AM.
Research had shown us that in order to reach even more people with God’s love on Life 101.9, we would need to program exclusively a blend of life-changing Contemporary Christian Music hosted by local radio personalities who would also deliver news and information relevant to Eastern Iowans. Music instead of teaching/talking.
I met with our partners and in that first year, and I was moved by their profound humility in light of the fact that we had forced them to change their habits. Change that had inconvenienced them yet they chose to support the change. Because they chose humility over personal preference, God’s Kingdom is today being advanced on Life 101.9 as never before!
I share this story to encourage you today especially if you’re facing change in your workplace, church, school or home. I want to remind us all of the power of humility in coping with change. To lay down our personal preferences, routine, sometimes even our rights isn’t easy. But we can always choose to trust the one who was the perfect example of humility.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant.” Philippians 2: 5-7
“Lord, teach us to respond to change by serving others with humility. Thank you for being the perfect example of this Jesus. May you be glorified by our attitude and service no matter what we face.”
May the God of humility, keep your heart this February amidst the winds of change.