We all go through transitions in life. Some are natural and inevitable, like the transition from one stage of life to another. Some are forced upon us in a way by changing circumstances, like a job relocation or job loss, the death of a loved one, or a life-changing illness. Some transitions we choose consciously and intentionally, such as the transition from paper to paperless, from a PC to a Mac., or from being single to being married. We encounter various transitions with both joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, clarity and confusion. Regardless of whether a transition is viewed as positive or negative, transitions are difficult at some level and filled with opportunities for either personal growth or personal stalemate.

I recently found myself in a period of transition. I’m about three months into transitioning from 33 years of local church ministry to an independent ministry of preaching, teaching, and pastoral coaching. Although, This was not a transition I anticipated and intentionally planned for years in advance, it was a decision I made with intentionality, forethought, and obedience to the Lord. Still, it hasn’t been easy, which I came to see as an opportunity for growth that I didn’t want to waste. It also occurred to me that if I’m going to be a coach to others going through change and transition, I’d better understand my own experience. So, I began to give a lot of thought to the questions: “What lessons can I take from this unique period in my life?” and “What have I learned so far?”

For the next several weeks or so, I’m going to be writing about lessons I’ve learned in transition, so far. Maybe you can relate to some of the things I’ll be writing about and add to it. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I hope if you’re currently in a period of transition, something I share might be an encouragement to you.


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