A lot of times we fail to understand how personal growth connects to success in life and marriage.
A few years ago I couldn’t connect the dots either.
I had big dreams but was lacking in the intentional growth department.
At some point though and within a short period of time, my life changed.
I found myself thrust out of my cocoon of comfort – wind on my face, ground fast approaching, flapping very wobbly wings.
The pain of growth
Kimanzi Constable has a great book called Are you Living or Existing?
Sometimes we think we are living a great life but the truth is that we are running on the spot.
Life, with its many demands and urgent things, has us on a web.
We have dreams and aspirations but are too occupied, too busy to change the way we think or to take a single step towards our dreams.
And we are so deep in the rut that when an opportunity to move towards some of our dreams presents itself, we fight hard and resist it.
For some reason we keep expecting good opportunities to look like good opportunities.
Not like trouble. Or failure. Or change.
Now perhaps like me, there’s something about abrupt change and not knowing what tomorrow holds that throws me in a spin.
When opportunity dressed in work clothes or looking like trouble shows up, my immediate response is to try and hold on to the familiar, the things I know.
Even if those things are not exactly awesome.
The road less traveled
Now I’ve come to see that unless I change how I view certain ‘opportunities’, lasting change and success will remain a mirage.
Yes, embracing difficulties and using them as a launching pad to the next level is strange at times.
It feels easier to resist or make excuses or busy myself with something else. Anything but try to line up my faith, thoughts and actions.
Yet my response to the unexpected will ultimately determine if I’ll have a breakthrough or a breakdown.
Rushing to manage my outer situations without dealing with my internal mindsets and attitudes never delivers the kind of results am looking for.
So how are you dealing with your unexpected today?
Perhaps instead of trying to fix or run away from your problems, there’s something you need to learn?
Might be the very thing you trying to resist and kill is your ticket to an upgrade, the very level you’ve been singing about for so long?
Your life was designed by an awesome God. You are meant to do the things He’s put in your heart to do.
Nothing can stop that from happening. Except perhaps you.
But even then, you have to keep fighting God off.
Cos He won’t let you drift, He’ll litter your path with pointers and reminders, beckoning you to a more meaningful and significant life.
Question – Do you have an opportunity dressed in work clothes before you today? What are you doing about it?