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Summer: A Time of Transitions

June 28th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Brian

The summer is a big transition time in student ministries.  We welcome our new sixth grade class, pass our new freshmen up to high school and say goodbye to our exiting seniors.  I’ve been around for quite a few summers now and one of the things I have learned is that transitions are typically difficult.

Transitions tend to be hard because they involve two things that make us uncomfortable; change and the unknown.

Change is usually hard and the unknown is often scary.  Most of us would rather just stay where we are, where it is comfortable and familiar, but transitions are a part of life.

In the past couple weeks I have talked to parents who are transitioning into becoming empty nesters, a more seasoned saint transitioning into assisted living, a family learning how to live after the loss of a loved one, a recent college graduate looking for employment, and a friend who is changing jobs.

Change is everywhere.

But so is God.

When you find yourself in the middle of a transition, trying to hold tight to what you know instead of jumping into the unknown let me encourage you.

When life is changing too fast, remember that He is unchanging.

When the unknown is scary, remember that it is not unknown to Author of Life…who knows you intimately and loves you deeply.

He goes before and beside us.  He helps in the times of transition, change, and the unknown.

Transitions will come and Jesus will walk us through each one. We would love to hear how God has been faithful to you through transitions, tell us a story of God’s faithfulness during transition in the comment section.  Let’s encourage each other.

-Brian Atkins

Director of Student Ministries

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