Have you ever come to a moment where you faced a the daunting decision of making a dramatic change in your life, such as a career change? Do you ever sit and ponder wondering what the results would be if you change and the risks that are involved in those changes? We are often faced with the challenge of whether or not to make a big change in our life. It could be changing jobs or career entirely, walking away from your work to do something independently, changing the church you attend, or any of a number of other things. These big changes can have been consequences on your life, both positive and negative. The challenge we face however is not really whether or not to change. Often times you know it is the right calling, but the whether or not to take that leap and move.
I firmly believe that the path we take through life is all a part of God’s plan for us and each road we go down is a significant part of our spiritual journey and growth. How we choose to manage that growth however is up to us. We can learn from them and take our cues from God on the next steps or we can sway from that path and choose what may feel like the safe alternative.
Many people, whether they like to admit it or not, myself included, took safer paths through life building on careers doing work that seemed like the right thing to do even though it may not be what really brings you to life. We go through this for many years and then one day through our own journey, we realize, this is not where we are meant to be. God had another purpose for me and now that I know what it is that’s where I need to go. The problem is that we get so caught up in the comfort that we cannot decide whether to make that change and take the risk. We are faced with the choice of either moving or being still and staying where we are.
While every change is different and some more dramatic than others, we have a choice to make. You can plan through it effectively or just out right leap. Either way, my challenge is this; if you are faced with the decision of moving or being still, it is time to move. If you pray about it regularly and you feel God telling you it is time to move, then it is time move. Take that leap into the unknown. It is a scary thing. I tell you what, it scares me to change. But that fear is from the evil one and all those that tell you that it is not right. If you feel down deep it is right then that is you coming to life and that purpose that God created you specifically for awakening like sleeping giant eager to burst out to the world. Listen to your heart. Pray on it each day and ask God to reveal his purpose to you. It is there inside each and everyone of us, but just needs to be awakened.
This year, I’ve gone through some serious changes in my own life and how I approach my path and growth. God revealed this door to me to share my testimony through writing to all of you and through other channels as time goes forward. It’s been a serious transformation for me. The change is still happening, but I know where my purpose lies now. I made the next dramatic move a few months back by stepping away from my doctoral studies. I realized that it was work that was building toward that safe career path, but not one that truly spoke to me. I didn’t care how much time I had already put in. I knew it was not the right path, so I had to step away. Let me tell you, however, it was hard to do. It took time, but I finally got there and made the choice. When I did, the burden relief was huge. I felt free to really pursue my real calling and purpose and hear I am.
We all have different callings in life. Although I would are to say that a lot of that calling and purpose revolves around advancing God’s kingdom in some way. It’s how you choose to do that matters. If you feel that urge to move, if you know it is what God is calling you to do, then make that move move. Be bold. Take on that battle. Don’t let the evil one and the world stop you. Take that leap. It may seem scary, but when you do, you will feel it in your soul that this is what you were meant to do. You will come alive!