Turning the page



Spring is a season of great change.  Young couples are getting married, and schools are graduating their senior classes.  This is the time of year when many people are turning the page to a new chapter of life.  Transitions can be challenging when we are at their mercy, but they can also be tremendous opportunities.  It often depends on our attitude and direction.

Attitudes often serve as self-fulfilling prophecies.  People with great attitudes seem to sail right through difficult times, while grumpiness only magnifies the appearance of a problem.  Attitude is vitally important during times of transition.  The heart of Christianity is faith.  We are saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we live by faith everyday (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Faith allows the Christian to trust God is loving and sovereign.  We are secure in Him, and we can have peace when we are not able to see what the future holds.

Direction is also important during times of transition.  It is important to thoughtfully consider what the next chapter should look like.  This is why I insist all couples receive Biblical pre-marriage counseling before I officiate their weddings.  They need direction.  I want them to study God’s plan for marriage and consider what that will look in the home they are about to build.  Other times of transition might include getting a new job, having a baby, becoming an empty-nester, moving to a new community or the death of a spouse.  These are important times to seek God and define what life should look like as you turn the page.  Ask God and godly people lots of questions including the following: Where will I find Christian fellowship in my new setting?  When will I do my daily Bible reading in my new schedule?  How will I improve my relationship with God and people?

Jeremiah encouraged the people of his day who had been forcibly removed to Babylon.  He encouraged them with these words in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.  You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.”  God had not forgotten them, and neither will He forsake His children today.

I pray for God’s best for you during your seasons of change.  May the Lord grant you peace and direction, and may life transitions become spring boards to deeper intimacy with God.

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