If you are like me, you get excited every time doors of opportunities and changes arise before you. I just can’t wait to go through them to find out all the challenges, risks – even the bad stuff – so I can prepare myself to deal with them.
But many don’t share that attitude. And there is nothing wrong with you in being the opposite of me. The possibility of getting some people out of their comfort zone can become a frightening nightmare, and many prefer not to go to sleep so they don’t have to surrender themselves to the power of these nightmares.
The fact is that life will bring many different routes before us:
- Emotional routes
- Spiritual routes
- Physical routes
- Routes of success
- Routes of failure
- Routes of fear
- Routes of adventure, etc.
Evaluate your route
Evaluating your actual route is the primary step in dealing with this puzzle. We often blame our circumstances, other people, and even God for not letting us get to our final destination. Unfortunately or fortunately, the fact is that you are responsible for choosing which route you will take and making a plan of action to reach that finish line.
Know your final destination
Knowing where you expect to arrive at the end of your trip settles many of a traveler’s concerns. That’s because contrary to what so many people think, NOT EVERY ROAD WILL END UP IN ROME! And what a disappointment when we realize that fact hours, days, or weeks into a journey! It is distressing, to say the least.
The typical step in this part of the planning is to decide on a destination and begin to consider all the factors involved. What will it look like? How can I make it work? Will I be able to get there in due time? Is this route available? What if I encounter a detour?
All these questions and many more will be in the back of your head, but you will have to limit yourself to do the next thing: BE FOCUSED. One thing at a time.
Another mistake we make is to believe that life will bring everything you deserve. See what the Bible says we deserve, and with no exception!
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous acts are as filthy rags” Isaiah 64:6
I definitely believe in the Bible and it also says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7
We know how very true that is. But remember that YOU ARE PART OF A MASTER PLAN and only God has the whole picture painted in front of Him. We see only the pieces of this puzzle. He sees it all.
Your job is to get well equipped to face the routes that will emerge in front of you, and even the equipping will be directed by the Great Designer, God Himself. You will receive a customized training. Isn’t that fabulous?
Understanding that going on a journey is no joke and that you should carry all the necessary tools to be successful is fundamental. Preparation is a very important part of every trip. I recognize that every time I’m getting ready to head to Brazil. For 2 weeks, at least, I make lists, I go shopping, I make sure everything about my house will be left in order so I don’t have any bad surprises when I come back, etc. And I can tell you that even with hours and hours of preparation, there is always something that gets forgotten or could have been done in a better way. There is where God brings redemption and covers my faults! Thank God!
What about you? What’s your route today?
If you would like to share with us about the changes in your new route, please share your story. We would love to hear from you!