Life is full of transitions - moving, starting a new school year,
getting married, becoming a parent, losing a loved one, starting
a new job, being laid off. The changes you experience can be
either positive or negative, but even if they're positive, they
can be difficult to make. Each transition in your life has the
potential to become a stressful crisis for you.
That's why it's important to let God help you in the midst of
your transitions. Here are some ways you can unleash God's power
into a crisis in your life:
Don't worry that it's wrong to be going through a crisis. In
fact, it's normal to undergo many different crisis situations
in life. Each crisis can help you grow. Remind yourself that
God sees your destination, but you can only see each step in
the process as you take it. Understand that God has a purpose
for allowing you to go through each crisis, and that He will
be with you as you do.
Ask God to reveal His timing for when you should leave a
situation and begin a new one. Have courage to act according
to what's best, rather than according to sentiment or
pressure from others.
As you leave your old set of circumstances, ask God to heal
your spirit so you don't enter new circumstances carrying old
wounds. Confess past sins and embrace God's forgiveness and
peace. If others have hurt you, forgive them, and move
forward with a positive attitude.
Acknowledge God as the ultimate source of everything you
have, and trust Him to provide everything you need for making
Resist the urge to panic. Realize that panic is
counterproductive, because it hinders your ability to think
and act with the wisdom God wants you to have. Pour the
energy you would have used for worrying into productive
activities instead, such as looking for a new job if you have
been laid off or taking a parenting class if you are
expecting a baby.
While making your transition, try to keep your everyday
living schedule as normal as possible, such as by going to
bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same
time each morning.
Don't limit the ways in which you invite God to work in your
life. Be open to accepting His creativity. Remember that
anything is possible with God.
Humble yourself in the midst of your crisis, and trust God
with your circumstances. If you do, He will bless you.
Don't isolate yourself. Be sure you maintain frequent
communication with God and other people who can support and
Pray and read your Bible often to seek God's inspiration.
Act proactively according to how God inspires you rather than
simply reacting to your emotions.
Edwin Louis Cole was a speaker, television
personality, author and motivational lecturer. He
often worked through the Christian Men's Network in
Adapted from Entering and Leaving Crisis, copyright
1995 by Edwin Louis Cole. Published by Albury
Publishing, Tulsa, Okla., www.alburypublishing.com,