When one season ends and a new one begins, we all wonder what comes next. That question can be exciting and stressful. So, how do you best navigate life’s biggest transitions?
Pack Your Bags, Part 1: Now and Then - Andy Stanley
Life is full of change. Transitions can be both exciting and stressful. That’s because we can’t see into the future. We can’t tell what comes next. But what if there was a way to prepare for the next season? What if you could do something now to influence where you end up then?
"Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference. Doing, not hearing, will determine if you are prepared for what’s next." —Andy Stanley #PackYourbags
David went from humble shepherd to national hero to great king. But he wasn't great because of his reputation or military prowess. He was great because of where he'd learned to place his hope.
"Way better than a promise or a plan is preparation." —Andy Stanley #PackYourbags
"The most liberating thing is forgiving those who have been cruel to you." —Andy Stanley #PackYourbags
Scripture: James 1:22 — “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Pack Your Bags, Part 2: Motion Sickness - Clay Scroggins
We’re all headed somewhere. Arriving at our new destinations requires change. For most of us, change creates stress. Just like when we travel on a boat, plane, or in a car, traveling through life can give us motion sickness. We’re knocked off balance. The ground beneath our feet doesn’t feel solid. So how do you prepare for what’s next when the anxiety of transition has you fighting motion sickness?
"The strength of any relationship is directly proportional to the amount of trust in the relationship." —Clay Scroggins #PackYourbags
If you want to fight the “motion sickness” caused by life’s transitions, you need something to focus on. You need something to hold onto. You need an anchor you can hold onto in transition. Anchor your life to the God who loved you enough to send his Son to die for you. When your hope is anchored to God, you’re never alone, you’re always protected, and you can be confident that whatever you’re facing, it’s not the end.
"Hope is the most powerful anchor for our motion-sickened souls." —Clay Scroggins #PackYourbags
"When your hope is anchored to God, you're never alone." —Clay Scroggins #PackYourbags
Scripture: Hebrews 6:19 — “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Pack Your Bags, Part 3: Know What You Don't Know - Clay Scroggins
We’re all headed somewhere. We’re all moving toward a new season. And none of us has been where we’re going. Yet it’s up to us to figure out what we need to pack in our bags so that we’re prepared for that coming season. But how can you know what you’ll need when the coming season is a mystery? How can you know what you don’t know?
"What keeps you from asking for advice will keep you from thriving in life." —Clay Scroggins #PackYourbags
Seeing what’s coming next doesn’t ensure success in the next season. Seeing what’s coming next doesn’t ensure knowing what the next season will require. But someone else has experienced what you’re about to experience. Someone else knows what you don’t know. Seek out that person’s advice. Be willing to listen to what he or she has to say.
Scripture: Proverbs 28:26 — “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
Pack Your Bags, Part 4: Praying Ahead - Andy Stanley
We’re all headed somewhere. Arriving at our new destinations requires change. For most of us, change creates stress. Sometimes you know what’s coming next—graduation, wedding, new baby, new job, retirement. But there’s no correlation between knowing what’s next and being prepared for what’s next. So, how do you prepare for the next season when you can see what’s coming?
"We miss the downside to decisions when we get enamored with the upside." —Andy Stanley #PackYourbags
Look ahead and embrace what you see. Respond to it. It’s the only way to avoid trouble. If you can see a new season ahead, now is the time to take refuge in your heavenly Father. Now is better than later. Now will make later better.
Scripture: Proverbs 27:12 — “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
Pack Your Bags, Part 5: Yesterday's Investment - Darren Youngstrom
We’re all headed somewhere. Arriving at our new destinations requires change. For most of us, change creates stress. We want to make wise decisions. We want to make sure the choices we make set us up for future success. More than that, we want to make sure our choices help future generations. Half of college students who grew up in church drift away while at school. But we don’t have to accept the status quo. So, how can yesterday’s investments continue to pay off tomorrow?
"Yesterday’s investments pay off tomorrow by being intentional." —Darren Youngstrom #PackYourBags
There is no better investment you can make than in the faith of future generations. We have to find a way to tell them, “We’re behind you. We’re with you. We’re for you.” Yesterday’s investments will pay off tomorrow if you’re intentional. How can you be intentional about shaping tomorrow?
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12 — “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Darren is the High School Director at North Point Community Church (NPCC) in Alpharetta, Georgia. He has been with NPCC for the last 6 years. An interesting fact about Darren is that he is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan who got to attend Game 4 of World Series! Darren has been married to Mollie for 6 years and they have 2 children.