Transition is never easy. Though we like things to change, we also do not like things to change. We do not want to fall into the proverbial wagon ruts, but yet we can often find safety and a sense of stability in those ruts.
Right now I find myself in a state of transition. After 11 fruitful and stretching years, God is clearly moving me on from the college at which I have had the privilege to be a part. There is an excitement and anticipation within me of asking “So…what is next?” while at the same time I find myself climbing the mountains of anxiety or sinking into the valleys of discouragement. The unknown has too much “unknown-ness” at times for my liking.
Transition is painful at times, but I have to say it has been a good process for me. As a sculptor with a piece of stone, God has been carefully and systematically chiseling away at the rough spots in my life.
I do not have a great manifesto to lay out today but rather just a simple principle that can help you be a more stable and intentional leader while going through your own transitional time.
I was reading yesterday from a favorite book of mine, the book of Romans in chapter four. You probably know the story well. Abraham and Sarah are both way past those years of childbearing and yet God discloses that they will have a child. The passage says this of Abraham:
“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.”
What arrested my attention was that Abraham’s faith grew AS he gave glory to God. I am not sure I have ever made that connection before – and I also wondered if the opposite was true as well. And that is, does my faith weaken or is it made small as I minimize God’s glory in my life? And how can I minimize His glory? By simply having a small view of God and not trusting that what He has said is true. Faith grows small as a result.
Like myself, you may be in your own time of transition. And the truth that I speak to you is the same truth I speak to myself: though we are told to “just have faith” or “have greater faith,” the fact is that my faith will grow as I make much of God and simply trust that what He says in the Bible is true. I cannot just “believe harder.”
Here is what I find:
- Transition happens.
- Trust God. Trust His truths.
- God is glorified.
- Faith is strengthened.
- Waiting happens…and waiting happens…and…
- God leads out of transition to new opportunities.
- Repeat process.
Like I said, this is a simple truth, but it has helped my own perspective when my current path has ended and yet I do not know which path to take next. I too will grow strong in my faith as I give glory to God. And this makes for authentic leadership.