Embracing "The Shift"
“Shift,” has been a constant theme this month. From friendships, to work, current mindset, and living location. In some way, the idea that a change is about to occur has been introduced. I feel like this is a constant occurrence for a lot of the women in our circle as well. We are all experiencing some type of shift in our lives. Maybe it’s simply the trials of adulthood, or maybe it is God conveniently working in all our lives at the same time, but the wave of transition is for sure apparent.
Do you feel right now you’re in a moment of transition? A season where your world is changing (or about to change) in an impactful way, and you’re unsure how to feel about it? If you are, we advise you to prepare appropriately in this time. Don’t let the shift catch you off guard. Stay ready.
Before we continue to keep going, I want to make it very clear that I am in no way an expert on this. I’m all over the place myself. However, I want to share with you what I have dealt with as I’m going through my own transitional period. I’ve had to constantly remind myself of the steps I’m about to share with you. How will I pay for this? Can I do this? Is this right? These are questions I’ve been asking myself daily, and I sense I’m not the only one feeling this way right now. So, to anyone reading this who's been feeling a sense of discomfort or unsureness about the next season of their life, hopefully in this post you find comfort, and start to make strides in accepting “the shift”.
So, how do we do this? How do we appropriately prepare for “the shift”? For one, you need to acknowledge it. If a certain change has been tugging on your heart strings, stop questioning if it’s God or you. Sometimes life is a trial and error type of game. You must take a chance, or you’ll never know if it was the right decision.
Don’t try to ignore it (or suppress it) in hopes it will go away. Address it head on and figure out how to approach it in the smoothest way possible.
UNDERSTAND SHIFTS DON’T HAPPEN FOR YOUR COMFORT
Change is hard. Not only is it hard, but it can also be uncomfortable (which a lot of us can’t handle either). But, in those moments of discomfort remember they are never placed along your path in vain. The purpose of discomfort is to train, mold, and challenge you; so, embrace it. In fact, be thankful that you are so loved by God, that He is allowing whatever it is going on in your life to happen to you because these are moments you will look back on in remembrance of who you use to be and what He got you through.
Lost a friend? Thank Him. Someone said you guys, “aren’t cool anymore”? Amazing. Lost your job? Celebrate! God makes no mistakes, and is extremely intentional with every single action He allows to happen to you. So, thank Him during discomfort, because He ultimately is the one who is allowing it to happen.
PREPARE AND REMAIN FOCUSED
Alright, so now that we’ve addressed and acknowledged our “shifts,” now what? Well, now we get ready for it. Perhaps God has been leading you to move to a new city; so, that means creating a budget to save appropriately for the move and everything involved with it (hiring movers, shipping your car, getting furniture, etc.). You need a plan. You also need to remain focused on this plan. If your goal is to actively save for something, then you have no business spending your money frivolously. Tell people “no” when needed, and stay home. Don’t allow others to derail you because they don’t know what God is working on with you. They don’t understand what exactly you have going on, so you need to totally focus on yourself – and what you need – during this time of change.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Things are going to come up. Why? Because that’s life. As much as we wish otherwise, things aren’t always smooth sailing. Therefore, you must anticipate anything, and be surprised at nothing. If something unexpected happens, go back to the earlier point about “discomfort”. Nothing is unintentional. So, if something pops up, instead of letting it stress you out, acknowledge it, embrace it, and readjust accordingly.
These four steps are all you need to remember during your stage of transition. If you’re not in the transitional stage this month I challenge you to analyze the current chapter that you’re in. If you had to use a word to describe it, what would it be? Once you get your word, constantly think about what God is currently doing in your life, and how it relates to your chapter title. You may realize He’s preparing you for something after all.
For those who are in a state of transition, thank God for it. Thank God for the changes, the lessons, and (most importantly) the growth. You’ll come out of this a completely transformed person.