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The easiest way to become distracted from your purpose is to allow someone else to define you and what you are supposed to do. God is the only author of your story, which means two very important facts. Your story was perfectly scripted. Even when we feel distracted or off-track, it only takes enduring to the next chapter to learn how God will use our mistakes for purpose.
We must, however, find comfort that God has already written the way. Complacency is not a friendly companion. Further we too must guard against the voices of human opinion. Everyone seems to have one. It can be nearly tragic when we hear the wrong opinion of ourselves over and again. In the midst of the darkness cast over by others destructive labels there will appear the light that leads to freedom from judgement.
What makes this life so much easier is just that – keep living. Every moment is an opportunity to turned the page until a new chapter is reached. Keep pushing until the voices of despair are far beyond comprehension. Keep moving until what is heard and experienced feels so purposed that it is clear you were written with glorious intention.
Everything seems pressing. We must have success now. We must be happy right now. We must feel loved and appreciated from moment we hear hello.
So, whatever happened to taking time to develop success, happiness, or love? Is it a thing of the past to value the process or journey to the best destinations in life?
Even during the most difficult of circumstances there are valuable opportunities – to learn and to grow and to get stronger. Yet, the temptation is to rush through the gauntlet of life in order to finish the treacherous race or get to celebration. All the while never realizing that every obstacle is serves as an opportunity to graduate on to advanced courses. And each level begs a moment of appreciation, celebration even as the challenge was intended to be difficult, yet it was conquered.
It is true that some races or tasks are designed to exposed the swift. However, that is not the case with life, career, relationships, or maturity. The greater the goal the longer we should pause between each ascention to reflect on what just happened – for the purpose of celebration and to prepare for the next level.
In those moments when trouble beseachs over an extended wait. Take advantage of the pregnant pause to acknowledge the obvious achievements and plan out the best course of action for the future. Sometimes God’ speed is much slower than the desired pace. And God moves – when God moves.