New job and big transitions…


I’m beginning a new job in January.

Oh, it’s not entirely new.  It’s with the same university I’ve been associated with for the past twenty years.

But it’s a different role in a different city.  It involves a move for my family and a new set of faces and increased responsibilities.

There will be lots to learn…with new names, duties, rituals and events that will occupy my day.  Hollianne and I will have to learn the names of a new set of teachers for our kids- and get them acclimated to a different social and educational environment.

New neighbors.  New house.  New everything.

Change is coming.

We are excited about the opportunity, but even the most adventurous souls get a little anxious when faced with so much uncertainty and change.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

There’s one thing that does not change, however.  Our God is an ever-present comfort to us.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

We have the promise of comfort and stability.  While our lives on this earth will change, the steadfast love and support of Jesus Christ never waivers.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

Please pray for me as I enter this new chapter of my life.  Pray for me to have a servant’s heart, open ears for listening, big shoulders for obstacles and clear eyes for vision.  And pray for my family to have a smooth transition into our new environment.

And as always, please let me know how to pray for you.

God bless.


8 thoughts on “New job and big transitions…

  1. Jerry Johnson says:

    Keith, congratulations on your new position and I will be praying for a successful transition. It was finally good to meet you at the UT vs Fl game when Henry and I met up with you!

  2. cgkirkland says:

    We are thankful that your and your family have been placed in our lives. We are also grateful that you will be leading UTM as it’s next chancellor. What a wonderful opportunity for you AND for us!!! We will be praying for you and your precious family!!! Love to all, Carol

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. God is faithful! May God guide every step of your transition; may His Will be the paramount goal of you and your precious ones. May you know that God has blessed you and placed you and promised you that He will use you mightily in the places He will put you; HIs favor is purposeful and unfailing! May you trust Him to love you and yours through this entire adventure; painful partings be real but the salve of His Grace will bring great blessings! Great challenges but Great Blessings!

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