Guest Post via @clarksroom: Transitions

I guess you could say I have been lazy. I would like to think that I have a valid excuse for not blogging or podcasting for more than a month. I [and my family] have been in a season of transition. In the last three months, we have seen more transition in our family than we have in the 14 years of being a family. A quick recap:

  • I transitioned from a role I had for 4 years to another role in a different district
  • The girl’s school opened a new site
  • My wife received a promotion and went from part time to full time
  • We bought a house and moved

Needless to say, it has been a busy couple of months for us, the transition is still ongoing and will be for a while. This is not a bad thing…just a challenging thing.

See,  many times people look at transitions and they see the hard parts. They see the bad parts, they see their own struggle, and they see the late nights and the early mornings. They see what they are moving away from, what they are leaving behind. I can’t sit here and write this without seeing some of these things. It would have been so much easier to say at the job I was at, for my wife to stay part-time, and to stay in the only house our girls have ever known as home.

But many times what people fail to see is opportunity. It is easy in the midst of transition to look past opportunity. In a new job, there is opportunity to grow and stretch. In moving from part time to full time there is opportunity to maximize your impact. Moving to a new house is an opportunity to influence another neighborhood. In ALL transition there is one common opportunity that is the most important, the opportunity to build new relationships.

Relationships are the true currency in this world, and the opportunity to cultivate new ones is worth its weight in gold.

I do not know what your transitions are right now, but if I had to guess, most of you are going through them….commit fully to the process of transitions and to people and you will come out the other side a better person.


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