Predictable and Unpredictable
Life is a journey.
Along the way, there are predictable transitions.
These are due to the natural progression from one stage of life to another.
Understanding these transitions can help in various ways.
an individual and married couple can prepare for future transitions
pastor and church planter can know the general problems of the members
ministry opportunities arise at each transition
there is enough pain to motivate the person to consider something new
serving a person in transition can lead to long-term discipleship
Some of these predictable changes that could be perceived as a bridge include
graduating from high school and off to college or military or other
choosing a career field and college degree or branch of the military
applying to colleges and for financial aid
choosing a college
funding the degree
moving to campus or commuting
starting to take classes
habits related to taking classes, studying, tests, papers, projects, etc.
balancing school, sleep, family, employment, social, church, other
persevering through the ups and downs
(changing majors, minors or schools)
completing all the details needed for graduation
graduation as a celebration and passage
graduation to finding the first career job
starting first career job to advancing in that company
not dating to dating
dating to engagement
engagement to wedding
first child to other children
parenting changes as each child grows
renting to buying the first home
homeownership basics to advanced
buying a larger home
funding children’s college education
funding own retirement
dealing with health challenges for each family member
learning to balance career, family, fitness, friends, church, recreation, etc.
mid-life shifting main focus from achieving success to significance
each child leaves your home until you have an empty nest
one of your children has a child and you become a grandparent
grandparenting changes as each child grows
dealing with your aging parents and those of your spouse
transitioning into retirement
developing a retirement lifestyle
dealing with the health challenges and immobility matters
grieving the loss of family members and friends
leaving all worldly affairs in good order for others
Then there are other transitions that come without much warning.
Some examples include
a child went astray
natural disaster (hurricane, flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, other)
addiction to alcohol, drugs, overeating, pornography, etc.
by self and/or family member
imprisonment of self and/or family member
the untimely death of a family member