G.P.S. God’s Perfect Strategy
“You don’t leave on a road trip or travel without a road map or GPS. Why would your life be any different? God is the greatest source for direction.” -Noah
Each year, the end of December poses questions about life for me. How was this year? Did we hit the mark? How far off are we on the big plan?
We have a choice: To live life on purpose, or to let life live us. You can let culture and the world dictate the complexity of your hamster wheel, or you can live a life of purpose.
What does that look like? A few statements I live by that filter my purpose and meaning come to mind:
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
If you don’t have a mentor, you’re following yourself.
After looking at these questions, I wondered: Why don’t people follow God? What keeps them from surrendering to His plan, direction, and will?
1. Change: Following God will require them to change or shift their current life. People can’t stand change and avoid change because it’s rooted in ego and wanting to keep control.
2. Fear of The Unknown: People don’t want to embrace or embark on any journey, whether career or marriage, that isn’t predictable or is out of their control. The ego battles to stay seated in God’s throne. “Self” will run crazy without propose or guidance. We boot God out of his throne to take command of our life even though we have no idea about our purpose, calling, and gifting.
3. He will ask me to do something that I hate or don’t want to do. I have yet to see a person surrender his or her life that didn’t discover a life of passion and fruit based on their gifting and calling/unique abilities. The more I surrender daily, the more He illuminates the realities of how and why He created me.
When I was nine, I surrendered my heart to following Christ. At age 28, I had another opportunity to shed the material possessions, career choices, and overall outlook on life based on my wants, not needs. I put that decision of surrender off for another three years. These were the most costly three years of my life. It was later I surrendered myself and saw a change in my life. What happened was an alignment: A life in sync, rhythm, and pace with God through his son Jesus. For years, I believed, as culture advertises, that life was about grabbing all you can, retire, and coast your way to death. Now, I live with purpose.
I’ve got good news. There’s a better way. The life you were intended. A life that is worth living and a cause worth dying for.
We have two options:
1. Continue living a life of guessing, hoping, and wishing we will get off the hamster wheel.
2. We can discover the unique life we were designed and created to live with confidence and with a hope that will never rot, fade, or be stolen. NOW THAT IS HOPE.
I welcome your comments and ask you to share with those friends and family that are asking the tough questions. If life is feeling flat-lined and exhausting, it could be a sign.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matt 6:19
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13