Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Right now I am transitioning back to Kansas City after time in Louisiana on a mission trip with the youth from Resurection. Hopefully more about the trip soon…

I first read Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges in the summer of 2006. I took the opportunity to read this book again this spring. The content is excellent.

Bridges addresses the common elements in all sorts of transitions in life. These range from the natural transitions in life time, relationships and work. In his own words,

“The subject of this book is the difficult process of letting go of an old situation, of suffering the confusing nowhere of in-betweenness and of launching forth again in a new situation (Bridges, 4).”

Bridges works through these three movements of a transition in ways that seek to make meaning out of each step. It is encouraging to me to know that when in the middle of a transition there is a framework around which to wrap the experience. While each transition is individual, there are common elements of all transitions that hold true across our life and the lives of others.

I find this book to be helpful each time I read it. It has also provided helpful guidance for my calling as a pastor. I will continue to look to this book for insights in transition and commend it to you.

The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster

I picked up the book The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways to Make Life More Efficient as a Christmas present for myself with a gift card that I received in early December.

It is right up my alley. The book consists of 100 short chapters on topics that range from selling your home to planning a vacation. Each is written by an expert in that particular field and gives practical advice on how to do that particular activity more efficiently. It is easy to read through or browse as each particular chapter is self-contained and just a few pages. One of my favorite chapters is how to reduce the length of meetings. I am planning to bring it up at work and also remember the techniques when I am in a position of leading a staff team.

My wife can certainly attest to my desire to do things efficiently and this book served to feed that desire and provide helpful guidance. I hope to use some of the techniques to give me more time to spend on those areas which could really use it in my life right now – relaxation, time with friends and family.

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the season of Lent. As we begin this season, I want to give you two invitations.

Worship at the Ash Wednesday service tonight at 7:00 PM. This service is a time of reflection, renewal and repentance.

Pray and read scripture each day in preparation for Lent using the Lent Devotional Guide. You may be able to pick up a copy after the Ash Wednesday service or you can subscribe online at this address – http://lentdevotionalguide.wordpress.com/