Sometimes in life you just have to get up and go. There will always be times at certain points in your life when you realize that you need to make some serious changes. Have you ever been through a time in your life in which you knew that you could not stay in your current situation, but you had no idea whatsoever where to go or what your next move should be? Perhaps you have been in a job situation before that you hated, and knew full well that you could not continue in that job. Maybe you have been in period of your life during which you were looking for a sense of fulfillment and purpose, but fulfillment and purpose continued to elude you. Possibly you have been a member of a church before and you just sensed it was time for you to move on from it, but had no idea where else to go. There are many possible scenarios that may come to your mind of periods in your life where you knew you needed to move on from something, but had no idea where to go or what to do. Maybe even as you read this, you are experiencing one of these seasons of uncertainty in your life.
I believe one of the mistakes that will hold you back in life, and keep you from reaching your full potential and your God-given destiny is waiting for the time to come in which you are 100% certain that you are making the right decision and doing what is best for your life. I am reminded of the famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr. in which he said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when we don’t see the whole staircase.” Sometimes in life, (actually more often than not) we don’t get all the details or instructions on what is our best move in life. Too many people today are waiting for a definite sign or confirmation that the choices and decisions that they are contemplating are the absolute right ones for them. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. I believe that if we place our faith and trust in God, and fully commit ourselves to him, he will lead us step by step in the ways that he wants us to go, but we have to take the first step. What some people want and expect is for God to drop a complete and detailed travel itinerary for life’s journey in their lap. Think about your last flight itinerary from the airline that you used during a trip you have taken. Your flight itinerary told you exactly when your flight was going to depart, exactly when and where it was going to stop along the way, and exactly what time it was going to arrive at your destination. That works for airline travel, but unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. I hate to break the news to you, but if that is what you are waiting for, you are in for a big disappointment. We don’t get all the details about our journey through life in advance.
There is a story from the Bible that comes to mind when I think about all of this. The story is found in 12th chapter of the Book of Genesis. In this story, we read about a man named Abram, who God would later name Abraham. In the story, Abram was living in a place called Haran. God spoke to Abram and basically said, “This is not where I want you anymore.” Take a look at the story in Genesis chapter 12 verses 1-4.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot (Abram’s nephew) went with him. (Genesis 12: 1-4 New Living Translation)
That is an intriguing bit of scripture right there! Here is Abram hanging out in this town called Haran, when God comes to him and tells him in a nutshell, “Get up and go. This isn’t where I want you anymore.” I don’t see anywhere in the story that indicates that God told Abram WHERE he was going. God only told Abram that He would SHOW him. From that I take it that Abram had to get up and get going before he would get any clues as to where he was supposed to end up. It took faith on the part of Abram to begin a journey that would not only change his life, but change the lives of generations after him, even though he had no clue what his final destination was going to be.
There is a scripture in the New Testament of the Bible in the Book of Hebrews that makes reference to this episode in Abram’s life. In Hebrews 11:8 it says, “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” (New Living Translation)
With this story in mind, my question to you is simple. Are you in a place in your life where you feel like God is telling you that you are not in the place He wants you to be? Just as in Abram’s situation, perhaps God is saying to you, “This isn’t where I want you. I have something better in store for you!” Whether you realize it or not, the thoughts or dreams that you have deep inside of you that keep you up at night don’t get placed there by accident. God has a way of speaking to us in a still small voice, and He gives us small details at a time. He doesn’t give us the whole travel itinerary. If you want to get to the place in your life that is the place where you can fulfill your God intended destiny and feel a sense of true calling and purpose for your life, you have to just get up and go. You can’t sit and wait for God to drop you a sign out of the sky. Time and time again over the years I have seen people sit idle and struggle through life trying to find that thing they can do or that place in life that they can get to where they will find true fulfillment and purpose for their life. The truth is that it is almost impossible to discover your true “calling” or purpose in life until you get up and go and get busy doing something! Why not take a few hours a week and volunteer at a hospital or a community shelter? Have you ever thought about going on a mission trip? What are you waiting for? Perhaps you should teach that class that you have been thinking about teaching at church. When you allow yourself to be stretched outside of the boundaries of your comfort zone, you may just stumble upon something that you love that will change your life forever! If you are in a job that you hate, start putting in applications at places that you can picture yourself working at. You don’t have to wait for a written message from God in the sky! Simply get up and get going! In the Bible in Psalm chapter 37 it says, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” (Psalm 37-23-24 New Living Translation) This scripture tells us that that God will direct our steps if we let him. He may not tell us our final destination right from the start, but He will guide us step by step. The thing is that we have to START somewhere!
If you are in a place in life where you know you need a change, put your faith and trust in God. If you will ask God to lead you to the place that He wants you to be, He will. During the journey, don’t forget the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” You don’t have to know all the details of your journey in advance. You may step out in faith and possibly make a few mistakes and even experience a few failures, but sitting idle in a place that you know you don’t belong and doing nothing to change your situation is an absolute recipe for failure. Personal growth requires risk and willingness to take a chance. Sometimes in life you just have to get up and go.
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