GUIDING YOU THROUGH YOUR LIFE?
DO YOU STOP AND LOOK, PRAY, THINK ABOUT YOUR DECISION TO MOVE ON?
How often we jump into situations or make decisions before considering possible consequences, alternatives, or consulting with God or other people?
We have all seen drivers rolling through an intersection (California stop) causing accidents or near-accidents.
Good advice is to stop, listen, and look in all directions. Decisions made in that manner always will prove to be the healthiest, wisest, and most rewarding.
HOW MANY TIMES DOES A DETOUR SIGN SHOW UP ON OUR LIFE'S PATH?
When I was a senior in college my mother required major heart surgery and the family asked me to leave school to take care of her at home once she was discharged from the hospital. Selfishly I did not want to put my education on hold nor for my
safety did I want to return to the dysfunctional house I grew up in.
Yet, I took the detour and helped my mother during her recovery, returned to college a few years later, and confronted and healed from the memories of my childhood.
By taking the detour I had a clearer purpose and goal for my education (nursing and psychology), and most importantly my mother and I resolved our issues.
THERE ARE BUMPS, RUTS, AND POTHOLES IN THE ROAD OF LIFE
When a personal, business, health, or spiritual issue arises I call them challenges. I see them as times to learn and grow; to become better people. Sometimes these bumps in the road
seem endless, rough, and difficult to drive upon. To get onto a smooth road I believe we need to seek help through prayer, sharing with trusted friends, and looking toward peaceful
resolutions. How long we are on the rough roads varies with the challenge and how we each face them.
THE ROAD OF LIFE OFTEN REQUIRES US TO YIELD TO OTHERS
In relationships we often yield to the wishes or needs of our partner for their growth and health; and it is usually best for us also. In the work world we must yield to the requests of our bosses and the company's policy. As citizens we are to follow the laws of our city, state, and country. Such yielding prevents chaos and disruption.
Sometimes it is difficult to yield to certain people, traditions, or laws because we do not agree with them or see that they are not in the best interest of yourself. The line between when to yield or not can sometimes be difficult to define. Just as with most things in life it is best to seek help through prayer and trusted friends for counsel.
We have just spent a week in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and construction! Everywhere we went there were detours, road closures, and construction. As we maneuvered our way around I could not help but think about my road of life. There have been many detours, stops, yields, and rough times that have been a part of my journey.
In my Outshine book I share how I coped with that big bump.
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