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One Door Closes, Another Opens.

In my reading this week I came across this quote:

“When one door closes, another opens,

but we often look so long and regretfully

upon the closed door that we do not see

the one which has opened for us”.


Alexander Graham Bell.


Many people have now arrived at their new posting, and it may not have been what you wanted or expected. You might be happy with it but your spouse is less than excited. Or you both might be ecstatic over it. However it feels now, it is important to adopt a positive attitude and see the possibilities behind this new door.

Yes, there will be grief and loss, but also a new beginning with new opportunities. I struggle with that because it is so much easier to allow my feelings to be dictated by my fears than to see the big picture and confidently step forward by faith. Been there?

Time Marches OnSo, what do I do about it? Here are just a couple of suggestions:

  1. Talk about it! Get it all out in the open as a family by sharing all the conflicting feelings both the negative and positives.
  2. Investigate the options! There is always more than one possibility so you need to take control of your life and logically seek to find them.
  3. Mission! Clarify why you are here and what your aim and purpose in life is. Ask yourself how this change can add to your gifts and abilities. Your mission should allow for ongoing growth which will not happen if you continually stay where you are comfortable!
  4. Expect God to bless you! Allow hope to empower you, because I believe that He has a plan for your life which is incredible! No matter what happens God IS in control, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy!

It may take some TIME, but it IS worth it.

Chaplain Ian S Whitley

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