Did I mention that my family and I have moved to Texas? HUGE MOVE. We lived in Colorado for over 40 years and then moved to sunny southern California for 10 years. Now we are true blue Texans! We had a few friends and contacts in Texas but for the most part, we are strangers in a foreign land. Change is something that happens (we moved) but transition is the emotional, psychological and social processing of change. We are deep into the journey of transition. Here are some important lessons of our transition.
Priority one – find a local church as soon as possible. We wanted to find a church that was in close proximity to our home. I felt it was important to find something in our neighborhood so we could share in the ministry to our neighborhood. It was amazing how God answered our prayers rather quickly. We love our new church, Chase Oaks, in Plano, TX.
Friends and networks are extremely important. We had some key contacts in Texas before we moved here and they were wonderful in helping us navigate the waters of north Texas. Good friends are worth everything to me. It did help that our oldest daughter has lived here for two years but the other friends have been invaluable in helping us get settled.
Be patient with those who are in transition. I would love to tell you that I have kept up with all my commitments and responsibilities. Not so. I have tried my best but you get overwhelmed at times with details. I have been to the Texas DMV four times! All my family got their licenses in one try but not me! I have stayed focused on one thing though and that has been my personal worship time. John 15:5 “apart from me you can do nothing” literally is in the back of my mind all the time.
Take time to enjoy the move. We are not all unpacked yet, but we are going to the State Fair of Texas this weekend. I don’t want my family to miss it. We are taking the grand children and a friend and I am not going to worry about one more box not getting unpacked. The boxes will be there when I get back.
We have also made some significant changes at Cornerstone and more are coming. We have changed our name to Cornerstone Pastors Network. Our new name fits so much better with who we are and what we do. We are here for you. Second, we made significant changes to our by-laws to reflect more of who we are and what we do. More changes are in the works that we will be detailing in the coming months. All are being made with a renewed focus on encouraging, equipping and resourcing pastors. A friend of mine is fond of telling me, “Bill, remember how you eat an elephant…one bite at a time.” That has been my philosophy over the past few months. Trust in the Lord and He will take care of the rest!