Divorce, Despair and Discouragement

Sounds like a happy blog, doesn't it?

Life never seems to turn out as planned, does it?
- Moses was going to be the King of Egypt.
- Joseph was going to rule over his family, just not the way he thought.
- Paul was going to persecute Christians.
- Peter was going to be a fisherman.

Life always pivots.  There are points of time in our life when we change direction.  Sometimes it is a small course correction that becomes something great over time.  Sometimes it's a hard 90-degree turn that changes everything immediately.  But know this, Life always pivots.

We respond to these pivots differently.  Sometimes with joy and thankfulness.  Sometimes with depression and anxiety.  It all depends if you can follow

Phil 3: 13b - 14 ... But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

#1 - We have to divorce ourselves from our past if we are ever going to have a future.  Living in the past is like the enthusiastic dog who is kept on a short leash.  After hitting the end of the leash a few times, you stop trying to move ahead in life.

#2 - We will feel despair over losing what makes us comfortable.  Some people would rather embrace their old way of life (which is painful and unproductive) just because they are afraid of an unknown future.  More the loss of your past, but not too long.  Embrace the new possibilities and opportunities a new direction will afford you.

#3 - We all feel discouragement at one time or another.  Don't take it personally.  Successful people have failed often and openly.  They didn't die in their discouragement, neither should you.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to divorce myself from my past, move on through my despair and live through my discouragement.  AMEN.


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