The Transitions of Time

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was in my 20’s, I felt invincible and thought that most sicknesses were a result of lack of exercise and poor diet. I could not understand the plight of those who struggled with depression or other mental illnesses. I was success driven and less concerned about the impact of my decisions or opinions on others. In my 30’s I felt entitled because of my work ethic and thought that a person’s greatness was determined solely by their fame or fortune. When I reached my 40’s, I became more concerned about legacy and fruitfulness. As my body began to experience aches and pains, and my children were getting older, I realized it is the good that I do for others and for God that will echo in eternity. At 50, my focus is on building treasures in heaven and imparting the word of God to impact the lives of others for Christ.

Not surprisingly, many people around my age or older are struggling with their life’s transitions. Several of them are dealing with elderly parents that are sick, while others are battling their own illnesses. Some are empty nesters, while others are grappling with wayward children that are draining their retirement savings. Though many are settling in the summer season of their marriage, many are made to live alone because of a divorce or the loss of a spouse.

As we transition through time, we should never lose our spiritual focus. Without God, none of us will be able to make it through the many transitions of time. What is clear is that time is filled with swift transition, but God does not change. None of us will remain strong forever. The income potential of most people is reduced as they get older. Notwithstanding our physical appearance, we are all on our way to ugly. The older we get the more funerals of friends and loved ones we will attend.

The transitions of time give us an opportunity to repent and return to God. When I look back at some of the mistakes I made, I thank God for his forgiveness and his restoration power. I have learned to be more sensitive to the hurt of those who lose their parents because I had to transition through that pain as well. I know what it means to be an underprivileged teenager, a struggling college student, an unemployed seminarian, and a young Sr. Pastor with a very modest income.
Those transitions have sensitized me to the plight of the poor and needy. I have become more concerned about the needs of others, and more determined to be an encourager and a lid-lifter.

What lessons have you learned from your life’s transitions? How are you impacting others with your past experiences? We should not begrudge the transitions we experience. After all, everything in life changes, whether we want it or not. It is wiser to embrace changes and strengthen our spiritual core through a right relationship with God so we can transition through time with grace.

Everyone will have a final transition to go through. It is when we have to leave time and enter into eternity through death. Until then, we have to be intentional about building treasures in heaven. We should be more focused on helping others than enriching ourselves. Our priority should be doing God’s kingdom business in as much as we are promoting our personal brand. After all, only what we do for God will last. Everything else will wither and die. The wealth we accumulate will be left for children or family members that may or may not appreciate the price we paid for the inheritance bequeathed to them. Our titles, accomplishments, recognition, or positions may be memorialized. But it is our legacy of love, compassion, Kingdom service, care for the poor and needy, and our spiritual fruitfulness that will help us to be remembered as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ.

Prayer- Father, please give us the wisdom to go through the transitions of time with grace.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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