In this episode, I’ll be talking about ‘Recognizing and Navigating Seasons of Transition’. Transition is one of those things that many times causes people to become anxious, or even fearful. Leaving one place or state, and moving to another season or place is always difficult, and it involves letting go of what we have come to be so familiar with, and embracing something we know little or nothing about. It is the clean, white sheet of paper between two chapters; it is the story that is unfinished. This week we will dive into this subject, and look at what it means to successfully steward and navigate seasons of transition.
13 … I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
- Change is inevitable!
- 70% of people are wired in such away that they are adverse to change
- It is easier just to keep things ‘the way they’ve always been’
- Yet, life, even creation demands that there be seasons of change
- Without a winter, we could never have a spring
- Without planting, we could never know the joy of harvest
- Without conception, we could never know the joy of children
- Without leaving one place, we could never know the excitement and adventure of discovering the new
We all love the freshness and life that comes with the new beginning, but few of us enjoy the process of letting go of the old, and even fewer the place IN BETWEEN. You see, we are creatures of habit; we are completely addicted to the comfortable and the safe. Our propensity is to be satisfied with the status quo, and to avoid at all costs the necessary changes required to realize true PROGRESS. It really is the quintessential catch 22. Stay comfortable and stay stuck; OR, pursue what is available to us, and deal with that which is unknown to us. The choice is entirely yours, BUT, to for-go the natural seasons of life, and to refuse to allow your life to organically move in the direction of destiny is to choose to die.
SEASONS: To everything there is an appointed time, and a season
When something’s season has come to an end, to continue living in that season’s grace will lead to frustration and even failure. So what is the answer.Recognizing and navigating TRANSITION.
Webster defines transition as …
- Passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another … Change
The key word that I want to focus on here is PASSAGE. You see, the starting point is already determined. The destination is also already determined (although you may not yet know where or what that is, yet. The process of PASSAGE is the critical piece.
Some Examples of Life Transitions:
- Graduating from high school
- In college
- Seeking first “real” job
- Newly married
- Starting a family
- Navigating a life changing event such as… unemployment, death in the family, divorce, or recovering from addiction
- Mid-life restlessness
- Job burnout
- Starting a business or ministry
- Emptying the nest
- Approaching retirement or already there.
These, and so many others can be daunting, even debilitating seasons that bring a persons life to a screeching halt. How do we recognize, and even more importantly embrace the CHANGE? How do we fight the resistance that so naturally occurs when faced with a season of transition?
7 Challenges We Often Face When In A Season of Transition:
- Unwillingness to recognize or acknowledge the END of one season
- Inability to BURY the past (Abraham/Sarah)
- Fear of the Unknown
- Personal Worth/Esteem Issues
- Fear of Losing Relationships
- Developing the NEW Discipline of Dreaming Again
- Walking By Faith, and Not By Sight
A Poem For Guidance
Child of my love, fear not the unknown morrow,
Dread not the new demand life makes of thee;
Thy ignorance doth hold no cause for sorrow
Since what thou knowest not is known of Me.
Thou canst not see the hidden meaning
Of my command, but thou the light shall gain;
Walk on in faith, upon My promise leaning,
And AS THOU GOEST, all shall be made plain.
One step thou seest — then go forward boldly,
One step is far enough for faith to see;
Take that, and thy next duty shall be told thee,
For STEP BY STEP thy Lord is leading thee.
Stand not in fear thy adversaries counting,
Dare every peril, save to disobey;
Thou shalt march on, all obstacles surmounting,
for I the Strong, WILL OPEN UP THE WAY.
Wherefore go gladly to the task assigned thee,
Having my promise, needing nothing more
Than just to know, wher’er the future find thee,
In all thy journeying I go BEFORE
Next week I’m going to continue unpacking this thought of ‘Recognizing and Navigating Seasons of Transition’. We will be sharing several key principles that will help you to navigate successfully through YOUR season of transition
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