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Could Your Life Change Forever by Midnight?
By Evan Nehring
Life options are like all of the cities and towns in the country. Picking is like looking at the map, putting your finger on one place and saying, "I'm going there." Then you find the path to your destination...
...and you get on it.A life that's lived without purpose is a life that ends up where you never intended! Purpose isn't easy, but it starts with a choice. You look at all the options for your life...
...and you pick.One of my "change forever by midnight" moments came in June of 2010. I looked at my life map and said, "I'm gong to write a book." Two years later, I'm about half way there. I've learned that becoming a writer means learning and changing in many ways. It's OK because...
...it's what I picked.
“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.” ~Charles DeLint
This picture and DeLint quote inspire me in ways I never expected! I look at that road, I picture my goals hundreds of miles down the road...
...and I get on it.Another way of saying this is, if you get on the path and stay on it, your destination is assured. You're as good as there.
It's not random.My decision to write a book came after all my other life paths brought me to that place. I had spent my life pursuing God's best for me and helping others. I watched as my kids prepared to leave home. I had to say all I needed to say.
God has brought you to today. If your chosen destination is random, it's not God.
It's not easy.I've put together my online platform and my writing project almost completely while my family is sleeping or otherwise unavailable. I work full-time and then love my family before working into the night. Your destination may cause you to work overtime.
It's not optional.If we are going to be people of faith, then faith is not optional.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1Our faith is ultimately in Jesus, but he leads us on a road that requires faith for all kinds of things. So we look at the map of our life and say, "Holy Spirit, show me the destination that you created me to find."
Our destination is our destiny.
How can your life change forever by midnight?You can pick. Are you looking for a man or woman to spend your life with? Today you say, "Holy Spirit, I invite you into this choice." Then you write down what he tells you about your future spouse.
Is your spiritual life mostly random and empty? Hit your knees today and say, "Jesus, I choose the path to you. Please show me the way."
Is it your career? You can pick! Decide today on what is important to you in your work life, and set your course.
If you can't choose, then that's your next choice: to get on the path to your decision.
Whatever your God-given goal, choose your path today, get on it, and your life is forever changed...