(2-17-2015 – Note: This was posted on the original site and thehighcalling.org website. This did not make it over from the original site and was lost when the hosting data disappeared. Fortunately I was able to bring it back thanks to it being posted at The High Calling. As I read this post again I painfully realize how I have lost site of what this post is talking about. In the last year or so I have let life happen to me as opposed to the other way around. As of this writing I had been unemployed for almost 5 months until recently. And I think a lot of that was because I had been fighting God’s plan for a little while now. What my original post says is true. And I wonder how the last three years would have gone if I was consistent in following my own advice. This is what you call a Mea Culpa moment for me.)
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Finding Your Path
Dave Ramsey has often said that “People who live deeply rich lives do so with great intentionality 100% of the time.” He has also often said that “Those who become wealthy in life do so with great intentionality 100% of the time.” When Dave is talking about this kind of stuff he usually says, “Happen to your life. Don’t let your life happen to you.” When we let life happen to us we usually end up saying things like “woe is me” or “how could something like this happen?” Some will even say, “Why would God let something like this happen to me?” I find that life happens to me when I am not walking with God.
God has a plan for each of us. Sometime we fight God’s plan and try to do our own thing. The way I have tried to visualize life when not walking with God goes like this. When we are not walking with God we are being dragged along in the general direction he wants us to go getting bumps and bruises until we decide to stand up and walk with him. I think about all the times I was not walking with God is when the worst things that could have happen to me have happened. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God only wants you to be successful in the endeavors he has planned for you.
Being consistent in prayer is the key to anyone’s relationship with God. If you are trying to “happen to your life” and the lives around you for God you need to be in communication with God. Psalm 32:8 (NIV) says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” You have to be talking to God to be receptive to his guidance. If people come to you with great advice about which way you should go in your life you should talk to God about it. Psalm 118:8 (NIV) says, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” If you put your faith in God you will never be lead astray. Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
Proverbs 2:6-9 (NLT) ” For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.”
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