(cue the song “Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett)
Over the last few years, there have been some major changes in my life. I believe that is true for just about everyone reading this.
I think Thomas Rhett explains it best: “You never know what’s going to happen. You make your plans and you hear God laughing. Life changes, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
In order to accept major life changes, I have learned I need to work my very hardest and hope for the best, but I cannot set specific expectations for the results of my work. I believe when I set specific expectations I also set myself up for failure. It is easy to feel disappointed in the end because, let’s be honest, life rarely goes according to plan.
If I want to get the best results possible from my hard work, I need to know how to get those results. This means I need mental clarity to know which direction I should choose to achieve outstanding results. I need to know that even if my life doesn’t go where I think it should, in the end everything will turn out just the way it’s supposed to.
I’ve learned that if I want to receive clarity about the direction I need to take, I need to take action and put myself in a position to receive clarity. This often means that I need to make some alterations to how I’m living my life.
On a personal note, God is my number one source for clarity. I ask for help and guidance with every decision I make.
I remember a specific time in my life when I finally recognized I needed to alter some of the things I was doing in order to receive the guidance I was asking for. This included altering the way I dressed, talked, and enjoyed my free time. It’s not that I was doing anything terribly wrong, in fact, I was doing pretty good. But I was not doing great.
At the time, it certainly would have been easier to continue on the path I was living. However, I knew that I needed to give a little to my God in order to receive a little from my God.
I kid you not, within the next three months, my life took a drastic turn for the better. I thought I had it all figured out; then God threw a curveball at me and instead of hitting just to first base, I hit a home run.
To tie up this little rant… don’t be afraid to make changes that seem scary at the time. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to something when you feel prompted to. Don’t be afraid to say “yes” when you feel prompted to, even it if is out of your comfort zone. I promise, there is always a reason for that prompting. You may not recognize it now, but you will in time.
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