I am currently in a transition. At the end of this semester I’ll be leaving my beloved role working with the RAs at Elim Bible Institute and focusing full time on Bridges Coaching ~ Coach Training, Destiny Discovery and Leadership Development. It’s a bitter sweet season for me…
Eric and I have transitioned many times over the years including moving across multiple state lines with our whole family five different times. Each time we moved we noticed a certain phenomenon. We always remembered the place where we were last and wondered if maybe life was better there. Sound familiar? “Some troublemakers among them wanted better food, and soon all the Israelites began complaining. They said, “We want meat! We remember the fish we ate for free in Egypt. We also had cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (Numbers 11: 4-6) Now, don’t get me wrong – the places we moved from were not like Egypt in any way! We loved it there! Many thanks and fond memories were made at TFC in Kansas, Cookson Hills in Kansas and Oklahoma, and Living Hope Church in Wisconsin! The point I want to make is that no matter where we are now, it is common for humans to look back and see the grass as greener someplace else.
So, what’s the crazy tip? Whenever we are considering a move or transition we make a list of pros and cons to the move. The reason for the list is not that we would choose the option with the most pros and least cons, but that as we discern God’s will, we take the lists and place them on the altar. It is an act of worship to release what we will get and what we will give in the transition to Him no matter which way we discern to move. We let go of what was and we press into what is to be. When we say yes with a broader view of what we are doing we learn to be content whatever state we are in(get it? State??). But seriously, does that sound familiar too? Paul says is Philippians 4:12 that he has learned to be content.
As I personally face this transition I am sad for what I am leaving behind. I will very much miss being a part of the RA program at EBI. I love this school. I love these young leaders. And yet my focus must be to celebrate what has been and lean into what is to be. I will choose to be content.
What about you? Do you spend time wishing you were in the past or in the future? No matter where He is taking you there will be benefits and costs, as long as you keep Him first you can be content.