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Future, Transitions, Change, Lessons, Today, Tomorrow?

Future, Transitions, Change, Lessons, Today, Tomorrow?

Rev. Crystal April 24, 2014 0 comments
Preparing for the Future

I find myself as a leader always thinking about the future. I think my hope in eternity and heaven is constantly pulling me forward to think about the future. I also am “younger,” and younger generations tend to look forward. With age, I am sure I will someday transition to look into my past, but for now I am looking forward.
In many ways I feel God has always been preparing me for the future. Even now, I see dreams in my future and see the steps I am taking daily as confirmation of my calling. This weekend I will be speaking at a graduation ceremony for nursing students, and I find this opportunity as one which is preparing me for the future. As I prepare for the invocation and benediction in this ceremony, I am left thinking about the transitions in life.
Sometimes we are not always ready for the future. We might not be ready for the abrupt changes which can often occur. There are many things in life which tend to come up out of nowhere, and these events change who we are. I think about when I moved to Missouri for Seminary, and how it changed my whole life. I think about when I got married, and how it changed my whole life. I think about when I became a chaplain, and it changed my whole life. Transition and change is not always an easy process, but I am glad to know God is with us no matter what.
One of my biggest challenges in thinking about the future is missing the now. This must be a problem all dreamers have. We dream and dream and dream, and sometimes miss the opportunities of today. I always want to be sensitive to the way God operates in my life on a daily routine basis. I don’t want to miss the “now,” because I am caught up in the “future.” Unfortunately I do not have a time machine like in the movie “Back to the Future.”
As a leader, I have to be willing to accept each day as a day of preparation for the future. I have to be willing to learn from the moments of life, and know these moments are teaching me lessons and values for the future. I have to live in today, but never lose my longing for the future. Heaven is real. Eternity is real. I am living in today, but I am preparing for tomorrow. It can be a tedious line.

So, in reflection I ask myself these questions today “What am I learning today?” “What is God trying to teach me?” “How can I prepare for the future by being present in today?”
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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