Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
All transitions begin with endings that in their essence is a dying off and separation from certain parts of our life and identity that no longer work for us.
This may include relationships, lifestyles, work, meanings, values, desires, mental attitudes, or the false sense of our immortality.
Endings must precede new beginnings and yet many, immobilized by an understandable fear, will refuse the call.
Change is tough and there is a definite essence of fear that is often associated with the mere utterance of the word ‘transition’.
Admitting that something must end in order for a transition to begin is hard work.
Especially when it is tied closely to our identity!
When a big transition comes our way, it is easier for us to disassociate with certain transitions more than others. If a transition has anything to do with something we have used to identify ourselves, it automatically becomes an issue and often results in a ‘big’ reaction.
It is in our human nature to create identity- we identify as many things in our life span. Just in my own life I can say I’ve held onto many titles and identities. Some of them holding a little more weight than others. Christian, Daughter, sister, granddaughter, dancer, student, wife, mother, teacher, writer, medical professional, trainer- just to name a few of my own. While each of those means something to me, my true identity remains in Him, in who He says I am. He is the constant.
So, in my transition- I trust in one true identity, the daughter of a loving God who remains the same no matter what I am facing. All my identities are subject to change (and they have!) but there is one that remains the same- I am His and so are you!
“Jesus when we forget out identity is founded in you and your steadfast unchanging love- REMIND US. The only way we make it out of this world and closer to you is by remembering who you called us to be and being there every step of the way. I surrender Lord all of my other identifying factors and I rest on the only one that is unchanging- that is you God. You are holy and worthy of being called Lord of all things. Who am I to question you? I stand firmly on who you have asked me to be and I embrace every transition you are using to shape me into the daughter you have called me to be.’
Reflect: What are you using as your identity? Are you willing to surrender it? How is holding onto this identity pulling you farther away from God? Could this holding onto false titles be what is keeping you from reaching all that God has planned for you?