With Pastor Alphonze
Change can be for the better or otherwise, but change in itself is inevitable. It is our choice whether we will fight change and lose, or embrace change to catapult or correct. Those who embrace change are called Transitional People.
Understanding is the strength of Transitional People. Proverbs 16:22 says ‘Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it’ (notice: only to him that has it).
A transitional generation is in the land. This is evident in the economic, political, social, and religious spheres.There is always a time to move from one era to another, or to move on to the next thing. Transition speaks of alteration, change, upheavals, and a complete metamorphosis.
To be transitional is to continue to move forward. When we resist change we get stuck in the past, waste our present, and sabotage our future. Hopes and dreams and plans for the future are unable to incubate and form when our energy is spent grieving what was and what could have been.
Transition does not despise former moves, it simply refines them, redefines them, and builds on them. After the refining and redefining, there is always a re-firing.
Many times Transitional People have to break all the rules and norms, and blow away old assumptions to facilitate the remaking and remodeling. They render obsolete most of what already exists and what is already known to bring forth what is unknown. Typically building new structures and revealing new horizons that we never thought possible.
Transitional People reject traditions and dysfunctional conventional modes. They are not out to impress but to impact, not just to persuade but to change. What moves them comes from the inside instead of from the outside.
Transitional People are just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination and tenacity. They have a cause and a crusade. They are industrious and studious. Transitional People cast off unnecessary rabble – scales have to be shed to make way for the new and the fresh. Their greatest enemy is the status quo.
Even when you have determined to be a Transitional person it is a scary thing to give up old ideas that have created past success, yet you cannot move to a new level unless you throw overboard your excess baggage.
Transitional People are original. David could not go to battle with King Saul’s armor, he had to use what he had proven. Mirroring someone else’s success will not guarantee your own success.
Transitional People strive to be current and fresh. There is no room for staleness. One of my friends once told me that tradition is a diplomatic term for staleness. God is looking for the young at heart. It is our job to guard against an old, disinterested, calloused heart.
Proverbs 4:23 says ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ It is imperative to regularly measure our attitude and purposely cultivate a vibrant, vigorous outlook of life. Insight, which is the parent to foresight, is the strength behind a transitional person.
Just like everyone else, Transitional People get hits in life that leave them bruised and wounded for a season – some hits actually knock them down. But they understand that life doesn’t come in neat and tidy packages. Obstacles and challenges on the road of transition are part of the experience. When a transitional person unexpectedly gets hit with a force that brings them to the ground, they remind themselves that the place they fall will be the place they rise.
As the old adage says ‘change is inevitable’. Become a transitional person today. YOU MUST.