By Kelly Carr
Change can be intimidating. Even if you look forward to the adventure, many variables and question marks hang out in the great unknown. One situation where this happens is the transition of young people from adolescents to adults—leaving the protective structure of home to forge their own paths as grown-ups. There are more expectations and responsibilities. Even the most sure-footed person can stumble during this changeover.
Are there young people in your family or church who are in or near this phase? Give them encouragement. Though you may think you have nothing helpful to say, any words of support will mean more than you know. Your simple acknowledgement that it is a tricky transition may give relief to young people—they’ll know that someone recognizes what they’re going through. Let them know you are praying, and it could make a world of difference.
When you think about it, we are all in a transition of some sort. We are adapting to each new day’s experiences and changing as a result; we are moving along in our age and in our relationships and are dealing with things that come with each new phase.
The Lookout is transitioning also. We, along with Christian Standard, have been acquired by The Solomon Foundation, a church extension fund serving Restoration Movement churches.
As our publisher, Mark Taylor, stated, “For the first time since the 1950s, these magazines have owners fully committed to and engaged with our fellowship of Christian churches and churches of Christ. . . . We couldn’t be happier with the huge investment of time and energy from The Solomon Foundation to make this transition happen. Because of their initiative, subscribing to the magazines will be easier than ever. Because of their hard work, a mountain of data and a long list of processes are being transferred. Every concern of our staff has been addressed in ways that make us smile. We are grateful to The Solomon Foundation for its commitment to the church, expressed now with this commitment to Christian Standard Media.”