Over the years, I’ve watched as friends transitioned between jobs and opportunities. I myself, have experienced my fair share of transition and with it can come a sense of loss.
It can be deeply unsettling when you move on from a job or opportunity that you have invested your heart and soul into. Transition is inevitable. Nowadays, young people are experiencing vocational transition at a much quicker rate than past generations, and with it, they know this sense of loss well.
I recently read an article in The Aquila Report encouraging us in seasons of transition, to “…remind yourself of these 4 truths. They can bring stability and hope”:
- DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER, SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED.This great mantra attributed to Dr. Seuss, highlights that we cannot control everything in our lives. We cannot guarantee which opportunities will stay or go. But we can celebrate the opportunities and successes that have come our way. We can thank God for His gracious provision, even after we’ve moved on from a job or opportunity.
Life is so much about perspective, and having a healthy perspective will help us in countless ways. God wants to give us a perspective of gratitude, no matter what transitions come our way.
- YOUR IDENTITY IS NEVER WHAT YOU DO; YOUR IDENTITY IS A CHILD OF GOD!As a Christian, your life is now defined by what Christ has done for you. He has adopted you into the family of God (Ephesians 1:5). You are loved, valued and given a great purpose in the kingdom of God. (1 John 3:1) No matter the jobs, roles, opportunities or titles you have in life, those are simply a side-note to a much greater title God has given you: a child of God.
No opportunity in this life can come close to what God has already given you when you received the gospel. So you can walk everyday in an unshakeable identity and purpose as His child. Transition may discourage you for a moment, but it cannot keep you down for long, because God has a greater purpose on your life.
- GOD IS WORKING OUT HIS GOOD PURPOSES FOR YOU. It’s important to remember that God is just as invested in helping us fulfill his purposes for our lives, as we are. The Bible tells us that God cares about the details of our lives (Psalm 37:23) and he is preparing us for the good works He has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
You can rest at night, and sleep in peace even in the middle of a transition (Psalm 127:2) because God is looking out for you, and will help and strengthen you when your heart is His.