What Lies Ahead?

What Lies Ahead?

What Lies Ahead?
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What Lies Ahead?

How do we know what really lies ahead for us?

I don't think we really do. But taking a look at our past may give us some insights. When we're faced with a choice to go in two different directions, which one do we choose?

I spent years trying to build my business and I could never get it back off the ground no matter what I did. I can sit here and speculate until I'm blue in the face, but that won't change the fact of what happened. The best I can do is try to learn from the experience and work those lessons into my life right now.

Now that I've let go of that focus, I've actually had it come back this year. And I'm faced with a decision. Do I pursue it now or do I keep doing what I've been doing?

I think there are things we feel we should do. But they aren't necessarily related to our business or income goals. We may want to, say start a fitness business, and that can be the big goal, but there is likely also something we feel compelled to do. If we sit back and really think about it, we can feel it. If this hasn't happened to you, I highly recommend spending some time to think things through. It could very well be that you just aren't listening closely enough.

After all these years, I believe that in order for things to fall into place, we need to be spending time doing the thing we feel drawn to. Maybe it is writing a novel. Or helping your community learn about gardening. Or teaching people how to overcome trauma.

Everyone needs income to survive and it's a crazy idea to quit our jobs so we can focus on whatever we feel compelled to do. That's not at all what I'm suggesting. What I am suggesting, however, is that we spend *some* time on it.

It's easy to get caught up in our busy lives. We go to work, come home, cook dinner, and then veg out on the couch for the rest of the night. I know exactly how that feels. But if we have a dream, a desire to do something, and that desire is in line with God's teaching, we owe it to ourselves to find some time for it. I believe that once we start doing that, things start falling into place.

So, back to our original "choice" question. Which road do you take?

When you've been giving attention to the thing you are compelled to do and things in other areas start falling into place, do you pursue the other areas now or do you continue doing what you've been doing?

That's a really good question and one only you can really answer. But in my experience, pursuing the new path and letting go of the old one is where things fall apart. When I lose focus on that strong desire I had before to devote time to the new thing, the new thing doesn't last. But when I focus on pursuing the thing I feel compelled to do while entertaining new things that come up, that seems to be where things keep falling into place.

We never really know what is in store for us, but if we stay true to who we were designed to be and continue to focus on our calling, life gets better and everything falls into place.

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