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Seasons Change: 4 Things to Do When You’ve Outgrown Them

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It’s Time to Go.

You all had a good run – that season, job, person, place, or thing. Or, maybe it was a bad run. Either way, the weather has changed, tides have turned, and it’s time for you to move on.

Sometimes, we don’t want the seasons to change. We’re comfortable. We’ve got things all figured out – and here comes God shaking things up, right?

Well, whether you’re excited, sad, or nervous about the shift, here are 4 ways to prepare yourself for the end of a thing and welcome God’s new thing!

1. Welcome the change of seasons with thanksgiving and gratitude.

Teammate, you’re not ending this season the same way you entered it. Oh no, you’ve made some mistakes, learned some lessons, and grown a little wiser – and for that, let your heart be thankful and filled with gratitude.

Thank God for the mistakes you made – you’ll never have to make them again. Give thanks for the opportunity for God to use you and grow you through the season. Allow a grateful heart to keep away any feelings of fear, regret, and uncertainty – realizing that God reveals Himself from faith-to-faith (Romans 1:17).

2. Tie up any loose ends – with excellence.

Whenever you’re exiting a season, be it a job, relationship, relocation – make sure there are no “loose ends” that need to be tied. Deliver on every promise. Give back what needs to be returned, and in Jesus’ name – never take what’s not supposed to go with you.

Don’t fall into the “entitlement” trap of all the years you’ve spent, and take what does not belong to you. The last thing you want to do is defile your future journey by carrying old season stuff into your next promised land.

3. Walk away by faith, and not by sight.

If God brought you to the last season – person, place, or thing – He’ll bring you to the next season. Don’t go trying to force any situations or manipulate circumstances into what you think should be your “next”. Sure, you’re walking wiser and stronger, but you’re still walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) – even when you walk away. Keep God in the driver’s seat and follow His lead.

4. Stop playing. Let go, for real.

No play-play letting go, Teammates. If God is moving and shifting you from a place that no longer serves you – keeping your pinky finger on the pulse of what’s going on “back there” will stunt your progress forward. You can’t dwell on the past and effectively move forward (Philippians 3:13-14).

A lot of us claim we’ve “let go” or we’ve “moved on”, but we’ve carved out a secret place in our hearts and minds where that person, place, or season still has its claws dug deep in our spirits. Release it! Release them! Sometimes it takes deleting social media connections, browser bookmarks, old phone numbers, and contacts. Whatever and however God would have you to move on – do it, for real.

So, What’s the Play Call?

Congratulations, Team, on your graduation to the next level or season. The time is now to put away childish things and become the man or woman God has purposed you to be (1 Corinthians 13:11).

You’ve outgrown the bottle, now sink those teeth into some meat LOL! You won’t choke, God is faithful to lead and guide you now as He did back then.

Trust Him.

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