Transitions – They happen to all of us don’t they? Some people do them exceptionally well and others don’t. I’m in a major life transition and I can honestly say that I have learned these lessons the hard way (not my preferred method of learning).
Here are some of the transitions in my life currently.
- Empty nest – Huge one!
- New Church – which really means that I’m expanding my definition and practice of faith.
- New ministry focus.
- Moving to a new home.
Since I currently serve a group of constantly transitioning young missionaries I thought I would throw this out in hopes that it would serve you well.
Here are some healthy actions you can take when you are in the dreaded (in between stage). This counts even if your transition is not a physical location but an emotional one such as waiting for a spouse, financial support, etc.
First look back –
Are their any relationships that need mending?
Is there any pride in your life that needs to be purged?
Are their any apologies that need to be made?
If so – DO IT IMMEDIATELY. Every relationship is a sort of entanglement. Don’t go forward with old roots tied to your soul. They will slow you down & potentially stop your progress.
Check your heart for bitterness.
Have the courage to really be honest with yourself. Own your mistakes well or you are bound to repeat them. We have heard it said before but you cannot change what you don’t acknowledge.
After all that is done then take an honest evaluation of your present circumstances.
Be realistic but never cease fueling your faith.
What is in your power to do? What is not in your power to do and are you spending too much time thinking about it?
Make sure your working your to do list well and praying up what only God and others can do.
I’m a huge believer in the discipline of a good attitude.
Our attitude is ALWAYS within our power.
Good attitude = pure heart, an undefiled heart.
Bad attitude = your mind rehearsing bitterness and untruths about God, others or yourself.
Your life is lived in chapters. Never expect one to last forever. Embrace the new ones quickly. Release the last one with grace. Don’t assume that any chapter past or present is good or bad. Only time will teach you the true value of each.
Last but not least, enjoy every second of it. Don’t live in the past or the future. The present is all you have power over and where your present joy resides. Life really does pass much too quickly.