Sometimes we are faced with situations and circumstances in our lives that need a fresh look or need to be eliminated once and for all. We have allowed certain behaviors; conditions and people stay around past their expiration date. We have tolerated attitudes, mistreatment, neglect and abuse one time too many and now have finally come to the point where we realize it is time to move on. The realization that things have changed for the better or the worse can take time to adjust to. It is in times like these that we remember the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” The New Year affords us an opportunity to look ahead and leave some things behind. Our best days are ahead of us and the opportunity to ‘live your best life’ as Oprah would say is within reach. The freshness of this brand new segment of time gives way to hope and dreams that in previous years had gone unrecognized. Everyone can benefit from moving on but many do not possess the courage to change. Change is frightening and that is why many people stay in certain places too long.
Knowing the signs that point to a season of change is critical. We stay past our welcome in relationships, jobs and other areas because we miss the shift in the environment and begin to make accommodations instead of taking steps that would allow for growth. Pruning needs to take place in order for plants to grow. We have a similar process to endure if we are to grow. In John 15: 1-2, Jesus explains the progression of growth, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” A fruitful future is available to those who learn how to move on and leave their unproductive places behind. In the book, Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud, “He argues that our personal and professional lives can only improve to the degree that we can see endings as a necessary step to something better.” We cannot experience the best of God when we hold on to what is comfortable. It may be time to move on when all your resources have been exhausted in an area and future growth is unlikely. It may be time to move on when you begin to realize that no matter what improvements you make, personally or professionally, nothing seems to change around you. It may be time to move on when you have finally given up hope that sticking around will make a difference. Whatever your situation remember that you cannot become the new creature in Christ until old things have passed away. Embrace this season of your life and move on knowing that God is with you.