When God gets ready to transition you to better things in your life, everybody and everything can’t go. Your character begins to change. Bitterness and anger dismantles themselves from you. You change for the better. You will realize that as you change for the better; some people will change for the worse. God shows you who is for you and who is against you. People will mock you and call you a hypocrite. These people are comfortable in mess but when God says its time for you to move away from the mess, He starts stripping people and things away from you. When He begins to do this, don’t chase after it; keep moving forward. Sometimes you have got to just leave people in the mess. Keep walking forward. God may start allowing unexpected pain in your life, not to tear you down, but to build you up for what He has for you. That pain will open your eyes to reality. That pain will birth wisdom. That pain will move you. The devil may come to draw you deeper in distress but look for God’s hand añd keep moving forward. Don’t get content in the distress; you will get too comfortable. You will end up in mess and miss out on your blessings. In the transition, God will place people in your life who are true. The spiritual eye will see this. These are the ones who don’t give up on you no matter how weàry you become. They don’t tear you down; but they build you up. They do all that they can to pull you OUT of the mess and not push you further IN it. And in the transition, you gain a new strength in God. You draw closer to Him. And you leave all of that other stuff that adds no measure to you behind. You can’t make a better transition when one foot is content in mess and the other foot struggles to do right. Look for God’s hand, grab a hold to it and make the transition to do better. Deuteronomy 7:22: “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you” (NIV). Be blessed. -S.L.M.