Today is my birthday. I am in the process of redesigning various aspects and areas of my life, so that I can prepare for the next phase of what God has called me to do and become. Join me on the journey over these next several blogs.
Everything that you are is the direct result of the decisions you have made or the decisions that were made for you. If you are like me, you long to reclaim and redesign some areas or missions of our lives. I am going to give some bullet posts about how to “Redesign” your life, all according to Scripture. Evaluate each post for yourself, journal about what God speaks to you, and make sure to share each post on your Facebook or Twitter pages so others can join in the journey!
1. Embrace Adjustments.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
In redesigning our lives, this first step is important because it deals with the basis of our decision-making that will form our “indesign.” We must gain control over our impulsive reactions to people, life-events, and conflicts. Rather than reacting to a situation with fretting and stress, the redesigned one will embrace the first adjustment of better reactions.
Every battle in life is won or lost on the basis of how we react. Ask Moses, David, Uzza, Ananias, and Peter. So many people have set themselves back years in their destiny for one reason: poor reactions. Certainly, you and I are entitled to feel angry at a situation. But we can make the choice to trust God when things fall through, jobs are lost, relationships end, and unexpected moves are made. Then begin to trust that there is a better opportunity opening just ahead. Exercising faith as a bridge until the next door opens is tough, but necessary in order to redesign your life into the life that God has in store.
It can be tough to learn to wait on God and embrace His adjustments when they are presented to us, but it is worse when we see how many times we got ahead of Him and set our destinies back for years. Consequently, we make long-term decisions based on what is actually just a temporary situation. Just because you lost one job does not mean that you can’t get another one. The loss of one can push you to redesign your career path completely.
Embrace the fact that adjustments are going to need to be made in order for your life to be redesigned. Change will be the only constant, so run to it instead of from it.