Obviously, this Mother’s Day was a bit different for us. Cindy’s mother died back in 1989 — but we still miss her. Her birthday always falls right around Mother’s Day, so we usually reflect upon her life each year on her birthday. Of course, this was our first Mother’s Day since my mother died back in January. As our family gathered for our annual celebration, we reminisced about Mother and all she brought to our family.
Cindy and I have spent some time in the past couple of days just reflecting on how our family has changed over the years. And — that is what families do; they change! Our families simply go through all manner of transitions. Managing those transitions are crucial to family health and vitality.
For example, Cindy and I are preparing to move into our 12th home as a married couple! After 15 years in Arlington, we sold our home in Interlochen and moved to a rental home on South Bowen. I know you already know this because you know that I chased Pickle across Bowen last fall!!!
Anyway, we have put a contract on a home in central Arlington and are moving closer to the church. But, it is more than a move —- it signals a transition for us. We are continuing the process of downsizing and we are making preparations for this next season of life. We are looking forward to this next season of ministry at FBC Arlington and the broader world. We believe we are heading into a new season of life and we want to steward it well.
Our families have been through many transitions through the years. Deaths, graduations, job changes, life changes, health issues—there are many factors involved in family transitions. But, as we face them, we should do our best to make them as healthy as possible. Moving to new chapters in family life is always filled with challenges. It is not easy to change. We normally don’t like change. Particularly if we are not in control of the circumstances that lead to the change!
But, we can manage our way through it. This is especially true for us as believers. We can always ask God to guide us through it. We can seek His counsel and ask for His perspective as we make necessary adjustments along the way. We certainly should always ask God to teach us any lessons we should learn. Someone once said that we don’t learn by experience —- we learn by reflecting on experience. I think that is true.
So, take some time to reflect upon the experiences of transition in your family. What have you learned that will help you with the next transition? How are you better prepared to face the current challenges in your life? What lessons are you teaching your children or grandchildren as you navigate through the natural journey of life? How is your faith growing or deepening through it all?
I am praying for our families — and my own family. Cindy and I love you and we are grateful to be a part of your lives during this significant time.