There is no quick fix for being lost. To get from where you are to where you want to be requires two necessities: time and change of direction.
I know too many people who believe that, if only their problems were fixed, their life would be perfect. They really don’t understand that their problems aren’t the major issue. The real issue is that they’re traveling on a wrong path.
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right unto a man but its end is death”. Consider this: Rules and laws can be broken, but principles either make or break you. Anyone who follows a principle—not just rules and laws—ends up with the same results, in spite of the speed bumps along the way. Ten out of 10 times, following the principle leads to the same conclusion.
In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was told to “follow the yellow brick road” to find her way home. Following that road, no matter how many twists and turns it made, assured her of reaching her desired destination. Although she encountered problems along the way, she made it home.
Do you know where you want to go? Have you found your “yellow brick road”? No matter how excited we are about our future, if we don’t know those two things, we’ll never reach our God-given destiny.
Things won’t just work themselves out unless we’re are on the right path. Looking in the rear view mirror today, we see the road we’ve been traveling on. If we continue on it, the outcome will always be the same as in the past. (A lunatic is a person doing the same things over and over but expecting different results!) The path we travel determines where we end up in our marriage, business, health, walk with God, etc. Here are a few important truths to help us stay on the road to a successful life.
1) Decide where you want to go. To paraphrase Proverbs 29:18, a person without a vision has no direction and they live their life going in circles! Spending time in God’s presence will reveal what you were created for, so you won’t waste time, the greatest resource He gave us, wandering aimlessly through life.
2) Choose the road that leads to your final destination. If history tells you that the road you’re on leads to a dead end, be willing to get off. No matter who travels that road, they will end up at the same place, so choose your path wisely. The right principles are easy to identify because they work for everybody. Observe people around you who are successful in their marriages, businesses, health, etc. and take that same road, because it will lead to good things.
3) Be patient. Focus on your course of travel, not the problems along the way. Remember that there are speed bumps on the journey to success. But as long as you’re on the right road, problems and delays won’t stop you from crossing the finish line and reaching your God-given destination.
4) Ask yourself, “Am I on the road to success? Is this the path that leads to victory?” If not, take the time to change directions and follow your yellow brick road to the destination God has planned for you. Remember: Not all roads lead to success!
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