What happens when life throws you a curveball? At that very moment you have two options, in my best Andy Mineo voice, “make moves or make excuses.”
When life hits you and it’s not going according to plan, you must learn to be flexible and adjust your goal to your new circumstances or, should I say, new reality. And that’s okay.
The main thing you don’t want to do is give up because things have changed.
Sometimes our plans are not God’s plans but are we willing to release our plans into His.
There have been times in my life where I have found this very challenging to do because I wanted to be in control and fit God into my box.
Time after time again, I was reminded that His ways are not my ways and His ways are so much better than what I could plan for myself.
Is this always easy to accept? NO! Is it best? YES!
See there are things down the road and around the corner that we can’t perceive nor see that is part of a master plan. So how do you handle the whirlwind or disruptions of life?
There are three things I have learned that has really helped me deal with releasing my plans into His.
First, you must be committed to the end goal, not how you get there.
I remember a good friend of mine said “It doesn’t matter how you cut the grass as long as the grass gets cut. You may use scissors and I may use a lawnmower. It will take you longer but at the end of the day, the grass will be cut.”
This reminded me to be open to the possibilities that things can change but that doesn’t mean you still can’t accomplish your goals.
Second, when life disrupts you take a moment to ask the Father, what are you trying to show me about myself, about others or about the situation.
There is a lesson in everything that we go through and situations come to teach us something that we need to learn for what’s to come or to explain something that has already happened.
Third, nothing has meaning except the meaning you give it. This last one is everything because what we say out of our mouths while we are experiencing change determines how we move forward.
Do we complain and think about all the reasons why it won’t work? Or do we thank the Father for a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow?
How we perceive what is happening to us attracts the next step and determines how we perceive what we are going through.
So, the next time life throws you a curveball, take a moment to evaluate the situation, commit to the outcome, see what you are supposed to learn and speak life over it.
Then look the situation dead in the eye and say, “Is that all you got?”