A transitional moment is a window of time that exists in all of our lives where we have a chance to not only consolidate what we have, but are given the opportunity to gain a foothold for growth and advancement. Such a moment emerges in its own time and way. We can’t make it happen. All we can do is be prepared to seize it when it comes knocking at our door.

One of the greatest impediments to growth in our lives is fear—fear of rejection, fear of falling back, fear of losing what we have. It is what Josh Waitzkin, the chess prodigy who was featured in the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer” calls getting snared in the “fear of the moment.”

 It is fear of losing what we have that will cause us to miss our transitioning moment. The thinking goes like this    “I have to keep what I have. Others are trying to take from me. If I don’t hold on to what I have, I will lose it.”

Yet the opposite is true. Let’s re-phrase the above statements to fit reality:

“I have to invest what I have. Others provide me the opportunity to be a blessing as well as be blessed. Unless I use what I have, I will lose it.”

Here, another mind-boggling Jesus statement comes to mind:

‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. Luke 19:26

A superficial reading of this passage gives the impression that Jesus was into robbing from the poor to give to the rich. But a closer look will reveal that Jesus here was speaking of the investment of a positive response—the natural response of a dream chaser and a successful entrepreneur. Read this way, the statement goes like this:

‘I tell you that to everyone who responds, more opportunities to respond will be given, but as for the one who has no response, even the opportunities he has will be taken away.”

When the transitioning moment beckons, there are only two choices: invest and move forward in strength or hold back and stay where I am in weakness. It has often been said,  “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” There comes a time when we have to be willing to throw down to make things happen.