Life is relentlessly changing. What I am sharing was born out of a conversation I had with a friend. He said, “Many people change, but never transition”. He went on to suggest that this can be the reason why so many people experience frustration in their lives.
Change, though unsettling, is vital in order to grow into what God is trying to make of you.
There is clearly a difference between change and transition. Change deals with actions – actions that take you from Point A to Point B. Transition, though it can contain action, is a thing of the mind. A big part of transition involves changing your mindset. Paul declared this in Romans:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind
Romans 12:2 ESV
Could it be that the stress and difficulty you are experiencing is attributed to having changed in your journey but not adapting? If I travel to Europe, I will have “changed” my environment. If I try to plug in my hair dryer into a European power outlet, it won’t work because I have to adapt it. I have to not only change, but transition in order to function in Europe.
Israel changed when they left Egypt, but never transitioned. They always held Egypt in the rear view mirror. Their children, along with Joshua and Caleb, transitioned into the land God had for them. It’s so important not only to embrace a new season, but release the old.
Abraham was called to leave his land for a place God would show him. By leaving everything, he changed. By learning a new language and culture, he transitioned.
John the Baptist called for transition when he said, “Repent (change your mind) and believe the Kingdom”.
I encourage you today to change, but also transition with your change so that you can become all that God has for you.