A New Year, A Fresh Start, and A New Beginning
Today, is January 1st, 2018. The first day of the your new year. I have never been one for New Year resolutions because in my opinion they are a bit mediocre. We do not need to wait for a new year to make changes.
You are probably not reading this post on New Year and that is okay. Today, is your day to make a change. Today, is your day to start fresh. Today, is your day to change your story.
You Do Not Know You Are Lost Until You Are Already Lost
In church this week, Pastor Jeremy DeWeerdt at Rockford City First made a great analogy. He said this, when you are traveling somewhere you have never been you put into your navigation your destination. From that point on, you simply trust your navigation and follow the directions it gives you. Next thing you know, your navigation tells you that your destination is coming up in 0.2 miles and all you see is a dead end to somewhere you were not wanting to go. At this point, you are lost. You had no idea you were lost until you were already lost.
This analogy gives you perspective to what happens your life. You start your route to a destination and suddenly you end up lost. You had no idea you were going to get to that point until it was too late. You realized you were in a dead end situation when you were already at the dead end. Sadly, this happens to everyone.
Where Am I?!
The first step to make a change is evaluating where you are.
Ask yourself this question…. “Where Am I?” Honestly, where are you in life? Are you on the path to where you want to be? Are you going down a path that you know is destructive? Are you in a relationship that is toxic? Are you living an unhealthy lifestyle and your well being is paying the price? Are you truly happy? Are you on the verge of pulling the plug? Is your heart heavy? Are you battling something internally that no one knows about? Are you lost? Where are you?
How Did I Get Here?!
The second step you need to evaluate is how you got where you are. Once you realize and acknowledge how you got to where you are in whatever it may be is where you will build your foundation to change.
Ask yourself, “How did I get here.” Honestly, how did you get where you are? No one plans to end up in a bad situation. But there is always a path that leads you into where you are. You may be in a toxic relationship and asking how did I get here? How did we get here? What did I do wrong? When and where did things go wrong? You may have a lot of debt and you are asking yourself, how did it get to this point? You may be unhealthy and you are asking yourself how did I get to this point? You may be lifeless and you are asking yourself what brought me to this point. How did I get here?!
Where Am I Going?
Where are you going? Where is the path that you are on leading you?
At this point you probably are in deep thought about where you are in life and how you got to that point. You are either conflicted about an area in your life that you know needs some change. Or you are justifying where you are and making excuse after excuse.
“He/she is getting better.”
“It is only temporary.”
“It only happened twice.”
“It was just a friendly text.”
“Oh well, it was only $100.”
“It isn’t that bad.”
That is just it…. you are wrong. “It isn’t that bad,” is what got you to where you are now and it is taking you to where you are going. The path you are on, the choices you are making, and the actions you are taking is what is leading you to the point where it is going to get that bad. Stop it, before it reaches that point and make a choice to redirect your life.
Where Do I Want To Be?
The third step to making a change is determining where you want to be. Ask yourself the question, “Where do I want to be? What is my desired outcome? What is my ultimate destination? Where am I heading?”
How Am I Going To Get There?
The fourth step to making your change is figuring out how you are going to do it.
Direction not intention determines destination.
You need to direct your life to get where you want to be. You can have the intention of getting out of that toxic relationship, the intention of spending more time with your family, the intention of getting out of debt, the intention of going to church, the intention of losing weight, etc. But you will never get there if you do not point your life in the direction to reach your destination. Your actions and the path you are on have to be directed towards where you want to be.
I AM HERE! I HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!
The last step is putting your plan into action. Direct your life in the direction you want it to go and get there! But it doesn’t end there. Make sure that you are STAYING ON THE PATH! Once you have arrived your journey is not over. Life is going to throw curveballs at you left and right. There are going to be times when you find yourself getting off track. But do not get discouraged!
There are “U-turns” for a reason! When we get lost and discover we are going the wrong direction we simply do a u-turn to get back in the right direction. The same concept applies to life. There is no limit on the number of u-turns you are allowed. Your opportunities are limitless! When you find yourself off the path to your desired destination stop in your tracks and do a u-turn! Repeat the process as many times as you have to. Just never give up!
TODAY, IS YOUR DAY!
CHANGE YOUR STORY!