This may sound like a simple statement, but as I watch people, I have found that most people live a life of reaction rather that action. They go through life waiting to see what will happen next. This way of life leads to uncertainty and a life full of stress. Stress is believed to be one of the leading health concerns. I find this interesting considering all the items we have in our life that are suppose to combat stress.
A good example of this is when a guy buys a boat so he can have some peace and quiet. This sounds good, but it doesn’t take long before you start to worry about “How am I going to pay for it” or “I have to find time to do the maintenance on it” or even this one “I haven’t used the boat in a long time, I need to use it more since I’m paying for.” You can see that something that was meant to bring peace has now become something else to worry about.
This happens because there is something missing inside of us, and that something is purpose. We are wired to be visionary creations. It is in our nature to want to know why we are here. As we go on living life and avoiding this subject we continue to make decisions like the one above. We know that something is missing, but instead of finding out what it is we just keep putting more and more into our lives until we become overwhelmed and stressed out. This is how people get into ruts. A rut happens when the wheels are spinning so fast that they just sink rather that move forward.
Instead, God tells us to have a vision. This vision should be about what God want to do with your life. Often people want to wait for God to lay every detail out for them and then they will follow him, but it doesn’t work that way. We must decide to follow God now with the information we have and trust him to reveal things to us as we need them in our life.
As you start to focus on the vision God has for your life he will start to reveal goals to you. These goals are like milestones on your way to you vision. As you start to see your goals God will begin to reveal the basic steps you need to take on your path.
When you begin to view your life this way the little things in life do not bother you as much because they don’t affect your ultimate vision. You can start to plan your life and take action instead of wearing yourself out reacting.
Psalms 199:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path
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Outstanding article! I like your definition of a rut. I finally began living life on purpose at the age of 55, and God has taken me places I nevered dreamed.