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“Do You Have A Portable God?” Numbers 10: 11-21 Key verse(s): 21:“Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived.”

Think about this! The only time that you will be through with change in this life is when your life is through. Life in an of itself is defined only through the prospect of change. Whether that change is physical or emotional, familial or professional, the mandate is and always will be that nothing is static in this life. Everything changes. The funny thing about change is this, the more we try to block its way, the easier it is for it to step around us. Change is just one of those things that happens with or without our efforts to affect it. Change happens. You can choose to keep in step with it or to stumble along behind it. Either way, you will be going somewhere willingly or unwillingly. Whether we embrace it or put it at arms length, change is an ever constant partner in this life. Some choose to push and others pull. Nevertheless, whatever the method for coping, we can be assured that our lives are methodically moving in one direction, the direction of change.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of business. Of the top 25 companies in America in 1900, only two remain on that list today and only one has maintained it original identity. The other existing company is a merger of seven corporations once on that list. Two on the list have failed completely. Three others merged with other companies and dropped off the list. The remaining 12 have continued in business, but each has fallen substantially in its standing. In 1968 Forbes magazine selected the 10 then most profitable U.S. companies in terms of equity, growth, and five-year performance. By 1985, three of them no longer even existed as independent companies. Four others had returns on equity that barely rivaled bank certificates. In fact, one of the above-mentioned three had a return on equity below that achievable by hiding one’s money under the mattress: It was involved, following takeover, in bankruptcy proceedings. (Speaker’s Library of Business Stories, Anecdotes, and Humor, pg. 46)

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