When the Going Gets Tough

Do you ever feel trapped in life? Why is this? We ask ourselves, “Did I miss God?” or, “Does God even want to use me anymore?” Before you type up that resignation, quit your job, and move to Seattle to become a barista, let’s pump the brakes.

When things get tough, God’s not asking you to recreate your life, He’s asking you to redefine it.

For this to happen, three changes in perspective are absolutely vital:

Recall the Truth
There have been more times than I can count where I wanted to quit because it was hard. I rationalized God moving me on from what He had called me to. When we believe this, we take on a spirit of fear, and that spirit was never part of God’s original design for our lives. We must refuse fear and doubt in favor of perfect love. Your calling is still sure, your gifts are empowered, and out of all the people, God has called you. Once you grasp this, it will change your process and infuse it with power and purpose.

Remember the Vision
When we come to an impasse in our lives we often throw away the vision and start over. Whether we stop growing, become mundane, or lose momentum, we automatically assume the original plan for our lives isn’t relevant. But before we allow that kind of thinking to take root, let’s not forget that the vision for our lives came from God. It’s just as good today as it was the first day you received it. Don’t let the Enemy rob you of the very thing that first ignited the fires of passion in your heart. It doesn’t take you recreating your personal vision. It takes redefining how it works.

Redefine the Process
If you have the first two perspectives nailed down, this one will be easy. The most important thing in redefining the process is to ask yourself, Does my life behave in a way that reflects the vision God gave me? If it doesn’t, don’t change the vision. Instead, redefine the plan you have in place so that they reflect the vision. As a result, the correct behavior will naturally follow suit. The key is to never stop tweaking your plans until they create the behavior in you that honors the vision.

Hear me when I say you have come too far and have invested too much to throw in the towel. Your calling is still necessary, and what God has given you is needed in your context. Never forget that you are God’s “Plan A” for the world. There is no “Plan B,” and He is absolutely cool with that. As you take those necessary steps in redefining your life and bringing health to it as a result, know that you do so with all of Heaven at your back and God’s purpose at your front and that you have it in you to bring health to the spiritual life of those around you.

About the Author

Next Gen Pastor, River Valley Church

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