FF40 – Day 25 on Transition | From Deane Webb


Numbers 23:19 | 2 Samuel 22:31 | Acts 8:26

Our team members train for many years to have the opportunity to play
collegiately at the NCAA D1 level. Many start playing when they are
twelve, ten, or even eight years old, and pour their time and effort into this
pursuit. When they achieve the goal of making a college team, there can
be a tendency to rest on past achievements. However, nothing could be
further from the truth of what is needed for their future success. When they
transition to compete at the college level, all the previous accomplishments
and accolades are gone, and they must prove themselves again to a new
group of teammates and coaches. While this can be a difficult time, it also
can relight a fire to raise their level of play and improve.

As you transition into your life at college, I would challenge you not to look
at leaving friends, accomplishments, and experiences behind as a negative.
Look at them collectively as shapers of who you are today, and experiences
that have helped prepare you for this next phase of your life. In a book I was
recently reading, I came across a line that really jumped out at me. It said
“…every time in the Bible where there is a story of faith, it is completely
original.”  Your story is just that – yours!  The transition you are experiencing
is preparing you for a new journey, an adventure that is unique to you.

Many of the feelings and struggles you may be experiencing right now are
normal!  They don’t feel normal to you because it’s the first time you’ve
experienced them, but there were freshmen (now sophomores) a year
ago that were dealing with many of the same things. Please, for your own
sake, if you’re having a rough time, don’t “go it alone.”  Reach out to older
students, to RA’s, to faculty and staff members. Those in leadership at
Belmont, whether students or not, want to help you transition and see you
achieve new heights during your time here.

Finally, trust in God. In the midst of a time in life where things are spinning
faster than it seems possible, remain in Him. Two verses come to mind when
considering this transition phase. The first is 2 Samuel 22:31, where we are
reminded “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he
shields all who take refuge in him.”  The second is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I
know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  How great that in the
midst of a chaotic time of life, we can both seek and follow a perfect God,
and also to know that He wants what is best for us.

Deane Webb
Head Volleyball Coach


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