Charles Swindoll said, “Many people believe in the adage: If you don’t succeed try something else.” (Living Above Mediocrity) One of the greatest challenges during a time of transition is to stay focused on what God has said to you with respect to your calling. Sometimes it may feel like you are actually going backward and that everyone else is passing you by, especially if the new direction of ministry is a significant departure from what you were used to doing.
During one of our transitions, my wife and I did not have any consistent ministry opportunities in the country where we were living for almost one year. At that time we focused primarily on language and on developing relationships with key leaders. Prior to this transition, it was normal for me to teach or to minister daily, so this was quite a departure from what I was accustomed to. However, as we stayed focused on what the Lord said to us, opportunities began to appear. Now we have several weekly ministry commitments and have to be selective concerning which ones we should pursue.
I have discovered in my own life that once I have received clear direction from the Lord, He may not say anything further about that change of direction until the next step. It is during that time of silence that we must remain focused on what God has spoken to our hearts. We must exercise faith, not only in His written Word but also in His spoken Word to us.
It is also important to not to compare yourself or your ministry with others. There is a temptation to change your approach or ministry focus because others seem to be achieving more results than you. The Bible is very clear on this subject.
2 Cor. 10:12 – For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Remember, during a time of transition; stay focused on what God has spoken to you concerning His plan and purpose.
Psalm 32:8 – The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (The New Living Translation)
As we travel God’s pathway for our lives, He will provide for us, protect us, and guide us into a life and ministry of fullness and significance.