What if the one thing you continue to avoid is THE thing that will bring you the greatest strength?
You want to be great at what you do.
You want success…however you define that.
You want to make a difference and you want to know that what you do matters.
We will do whatever it takes to climb the mountain to success. We will push to get ahead. We will put people aside so that we can score. Most of us are afraid of the pain of failure and will avoid it at all costs. For some reason we think failure and not meeting your goals means there’s no way back.
Your setback, or what appears to be a door closed that you were trying to avoid, could actually be the greatest thing that God is using to get you to turn around and go in the right direction. Get ahold of that and you can begin to embrace the challenges as great opportunities for miracles.
This is the time to push past the fear of failure and trust God for something greater. Nothing great ever comes easy! The challenge can be handled more affectively if we can let go of it. That’s the “humble yourselves before the Lord” part. (1Peter 5:6) Realizing that God has equipped us to handle everything we need to handle IF we will humble ourselves to the point of saying get me out of the way if necessary. Seriously, if you can say to God “if I am in the way, get me out of the way” then the walls will come down and then the need to succeed changes to the need to make a difference. The need to run in fear from challenges all of the sudden becomes a chance to do something greater than yourself. This is exciting and you should be shouting by now.
I don’t want to always be looking for the safe zone so I can avoid all the heartaches. I want to be on the right path with God and enjoy the journey. I remember not too many years ago I was in a position in my company thinking it was all over with. It totally looked hopeless. It was all going to go away. It probably would’ve been easier to just look for another job somewhere else where I was offered options. But, I felt like something greater could happen. God gave me the strength to rally the team and believe for something bigger than us. It wasn’t easy. It was scary but a time to really trust God. The pain empowered me to want to win. With Jesus all things are possible and I knew that. So a miracle did happen. What could’ve been a giant loss ended up being a miraculous win for the Kingdom. If you can’t see it that’s good. We have to blindly live and trust in faith in our Heavenly Father. The blessings from that are mind-boggling.
I live for miracles and victories and that doesn’t happen if I avoid road blocks and potholes in life. I’ve learned to navigate and steer in a different direction. If it’s not working you try another way. God promised you He would not leave you behind. So why would you live as though you’re doing it alone? You’re not. But God is not going to strong-arm you. He’s a gentle, Heavenly Father that leads you and you have to follow Him. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
My encouragement to you is not to live in fear of challenges or setbacks. Those very things could be the pause in your life that God is allowing to put you at the right place, at the right time. NO doesn’t mean NO in God’s time frame. It means hold on. He’s saying “I just might have something better!”