Fall has begun full force and with it a whirlwind of new beginnings and transitions. Have you begun a new season in your life? Maybe it is a new career path, new bundle of joy, a new year in school, or simply the end of an old season. Read on and find the clarity and encouragement we all desperately need when we usher in any new chapter in our life.
I will never forget when one of my greatest mentors told me a piece of advice that unlocked so much clarity and direction for me. She told me my twenties were for building and serving.
This may seem straightforward enough but this nugget would have taken many years to realize on my own. It caused me to realize that our lives are broken into seasons and the key to realizing one’s purpose is to fully yield one’s self to their season.
As the first wave of Milennials are beginning to graduate and join the “real world”, as men and women across the nation are having children, starting families, or “starting life” they are faced with a world of uncertainties.
So many are searching for purpose, direction and meaning in their life. What, they ask, am I here for? What can I do today to ensure a profitable tomorrow? How can I be a successful parent, spouse, employee, etc? Wherever you are in life, if you are in any season of transition, you are in a season of building.
Whether you are in between jobs, expecting a new life, moving to a new house, or starting a vocational school, matriculating to another level of education, in some part of your life you are most likely in one mode of transition.
Transition then is a natural part of life, and nothing to be insecure or discouraged about. Of course, it can be discouraging especially when you’ve lost the end goal in mind, or the reason you are changing to begin with.
When something is new for us, whether it is parenting or a new job, it is so easy to feel like we are failing. I remember my first month as a new mom was the hardest of my life, despite all the research, baby books, and blogs I poured over, I had to constantly fight feeling like I was failing.
In actuality, I was growing tremendously! It is amazing, but often the seasons we feel the most defeat and failure are the ones we are growing the most in!
There is something so paradoxical about building anything. You have the end vision in mind, so while you are building, although you are constantly growing, it can seem as if you are so far from your goal, or worse, as if you are simply failing. But be encouraged!
Remember the wise words of the Psalmist who wrote, “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:3). It is so vital to accept who is truly building your “house” (this can be applied to anything from your life, to your marriage, to everything in between).
As you’re building your career, your marriage, your family, your non-profit, remember God is the One ultimately building these important pillars of your life. You may only see failure and feel frustrated with how inexperienced, unprepared, or under-resourced you seem to be.
Think back to the classic Lego box many of us enjoyed as tots. The picture on the front illustrated the beautiful castle or truck or whatever structure we longed to create ourselves, but there was a process!
When we opened the big plastic container, tons of colorful blocks tumbled out waiting to be connected into a final beautiful masterpiece.
Our lives parallel this scenario. Our job isn’t to pretend we have our structure already in place when we take it out of the box, or to condemn ourselves if it is taking longer than we thought to build our Lego construction.
Our job is to have joy in the journey as we build and to trust in the Master Builder, who is crafting and assembling parts of which we usually are hardly aware.
Today if you find yourself in transition, starting a new chapter, leaving an old one, or building some aspect of your life, Get Inspired!
It took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries before he successfully invented the light bulb. “Failure” is only a precursor for success. Allow yourself to make mistakes and grow in this season of transition. You are not a failure, but a success whose story is still being written.
Scriptures for Meditation:
“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work” (Nehemiah 4:6 NKJV)
“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1-3)
How are you transitioning right now? What aspects of your life are you building and what advice are you looking for? Maybe you can share tips that have helped you make it through life transitions smoothly. Share with us and let us encourage you in your journey of building!
Below is a picture of Mrs. Lee’s fall dining room. Isn’t it festive?