“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them…” (Deut. 30:15-20)
Preparing for a major transition in life requires a focus upon understanding the rules of thumb for living once the transition is complete. The preparation consists of gaining knowledge of and understanding the purpose behind the transition and the role we play in its execution, how we are to engage and relate to others prior to arrival and after we have arrived, and what we need to ensure our success once we have applied these principles for living after our arrival. If we choose to ignore these important factors, we risk losing the promises of God. Is it possible? Yes. God is only responsible for upholding His part of the covenant if we uphold our portion. In order to relate, there must be some form of reciprocation. God will never deny Himself, and will always be faithful to completing what He has begun in us as long as we remain in a position for Him to do so.