“I pray that even if you are not where you thought you would be right now in life, you recognize the tremendous blessing and the immeasurable amount of God’s grace and mercy that went into getting you to where you actually are today.” -PurposeOverFear
I’m not where I thought I would be, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s more so motivation. Honestly, after experiencing all God has done in my life so far, I realize I didn’t fully comprehend where I could be in life. I have always set very high goals for myself, but God has a way of still doing more in my life than I could ever ask or imagine. All of this has been both encouraging and humbling.
Here’s a glimpse into a very general overview of my journey thus far. I have moved around more than I imagined I would. Moving to different parts of the country has resulted in me being a “first time” visitor at countless churches as I searched for one to call home…until my search started up again following the next move. I have not always taken jobs that made sense to those around me, but I did so for three reasons: 1.) I felt God leading me to certain work, 2.) I knew God would provide, and 3.) I was passionate about the work that I was doing. Lastly, God is teaching me (and patiently repeating some lessons) that I am now experiencing and applying with a different perspective/understanding.
One day I’ll tell more of my own story, but for now I’m going to fast forward to a few of the lessons I learned on the topic of being in a different place than where I thought I would be at this point.
- Don’t take your current place for granted. Okay, maybe you have far exceeded where you thought you would be at this point in your life. On the other hand, maybe you are frustrated that where you wanted to be at this point in your life looks nothing like your current circumstances. Either way, don’t take where you are in this very moment for granted. God is intentional. The place you are in now has something for you. That may be a lesson to learn, an area (or two) to grow in, opportunities to experience, healing to be had, relationships to be strengthened, faith that needs to be renewed, reflection that needs to take place, motivation, prayer life that needs to be grown, a reminder that it’s time to get up and do more because you aren’t fully walking in all God has called you to do, or something else. The bottom line is there’s something about where you are right now that the place you thought you would be couldn’t give you at this point in your life. God’s grace and mercy is in full effect.
- You gain more from where you are than where you thought you would be. Neither the plans I set as a child or the goals I set for my future informed me that I would be exactly where I am today. For example, as a child I knew where I wanted to go to college. What happened? God closed that door and directed me to a different school. The result? I, among many other things, formed lifelong friendships. Many years later, it’s these best friends who encourage me, challenge me to grow, and bless me with their laughter and being who they are. We pray with each other and for each other. Sure, I probably would have met great people at the school I thought I would go to, but the school I ended up going to led to opportunities and friendships that cannot be duplicated. Those friendships and opportunities led to some additional close friendships later in life, which also cannot be duplicated. Had I somehow ended up where I thought I would be back then instead of where God allowed me to be, I would have missed out on some tremendous blessings.
- Your current place still has plenty of room for you to dream and pursue your goals. Whether it’s the routine you’re in, the years that have passed, school debt, or the seemingly impracticable goals you set a while ago, remember that life shouldn’t be stagnant. Just because your list of goals doesn’t seem to match your life right now, that doesn’t mean you have any excuse to stop dreaming and pursuing goals. Perhaps you’re not where you thought you would be because the preparation you are experiencing now is a prerequisite for getting you to where you want to be. God is growing you and has even more ready for you. Your current situation can make certain goals and dreams seem impossible, but God has no limits. Just make sure your goals and dreams are guided by God. There are still some incredible things for you to (continue to) do!
Life doesn’t usually go as planned. The extra twists and turns can be overwhelming, frustrating, and confusing. For others, these same twists and turns can be exciting. However, being in a different place than where you thought you be is a blessing (that is sometimes not immediately apparent to you). You are no less loved by God. Use what God gave you and where God placed you to walk in your purpose right where He has you.
Remember, the unplanned detours or deviations from your plans can direct you to some of the greatest blessings.
Blessings and Love,
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