Life can be really messy. Especially when it comes to making a change. Some people don’t mind change as long as they know how every thing is going to work out. Unfortunately, you don’t always know.
I’m talking about a change I’ve made in the recent past. There were many uncertainties. However, it seemed like the best thing to do.
In my own experience, the right choices don’t always look good on paper. You know what I mean if the change you are considering means a cut in pay or some setbacks for a while.
The good news is that sometimes things work out better than you could have ever imagined. So here’s a principle.
There’s always an obstacle between where you are and where you want to go.
Most people are not willing to take the chance. The ones who do prosper.
If you’re not taking any risks whatsoever, chances are you are at risk.
There’s the risk of dying inside. The risk of never knowing what could have been. The risk of missing out. The risk of being devoured because….well, you’re not taking any risks.
I’m not saying you should play Russian Roulette with your finances, relationships, spiritual life or anything else for that matter.
But you might want to reconsider if there’s a change you feel God wants you to make. If there’s a change that will benefit you and your family. A change that will advance your spiritual life.
The reason I say this is because if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to get the same results.
As I said earlier, I took a chance that seemed right and it is paying off in Spades. It multiplied my circle of friends tenfold. Increased my income. And allowed me to have the kind of life I only dreamed about for twenty years.
That’s not saying any of those things are going to happen if you make the change you’ve been considering.
However, there is a good chance that the change you’re considering will make a difference. In your life and the lives of others.
Remember, there’s always an obstacle between where you’re at and where you’re trying to go.
Be it a Giant. A river without a bridge. A dream without a template. Heaven without a stairway.
You have to kill the Giant. You have to figure out how to get your troops across the raging waters. You have to devise the plan to make the dream come true and initiate it. You have to build the escalator to the heavens.
That’s actually the fun part. Life without a challenge would be a bore. You can stay at your current level with the rest of the crowd or break out and climb higher. It’s your choice.
But I promise you that the best way to get the results you’re getting is to stay exactly where you are. And eventually things are going to change anyway. That’s the natural cycle. So you can work to move beyond your current status or be swept downstream eventually by change.
Here are some questions.
If you just keep making enough to pay your bills do you think you will ever have enough to do the things you really want to do?
If you don’t put your self in situations where you are around more people, do you think your circle of friends will ever increase?
If you remain in your comfort zone, do you believe you’ll ever be challenged to grow?
Good questions, right?
If you’re satisfied with the results you’re getting, so be it. However if the reverse is true, you’re going to need to make a change.
The reason we don’t like change is because we have to walk from this room to the room down the hall and we’re afraid it’s going to be dark in the hall and big scary, furry monsters are going to jump out and get us.
Jesus didn’t refer to humans as sheep by accident. Sheep are fearful animals. So are we, sometimes.
As you navigate your current dark hall, here’s a verse for you.
God’s your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke.
God guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.
-Psalm 121: 5-8 (The Message)
Maybe, just maybe the change you are contemplating is of God. Perhaps it’s something he’s been preparing you for and orchestrating for a while now. You’ll never know unless you strike out into new territory.
However, don’t feel like you have to bet the farm. Rather, take a flyer. By that, I mean, take a small step in the direction you are considering and see what happens. Think of it as temporary, not permanent. Don’t quit your day job.
Everyone seems to think you have to do something radical to make a change. That’s not true. Take a baby step. Rather than upping your 401k deduction to 10%, try 2% for a while.
Keep your full-time job and try working the job you’re interested in part-time.
Volunteer 1 hour a week before you agree to 5.
Instead of trying to save $100.00 a week, start with ten.
You don’t have to slay the Giant on the first day. You can practice sharpening your sword.
You don’t have to cross the river the first day. Start by finding some logs to tie together.
You don’t have to have a successful non-profit the first day. Begin by narrowing your target and getting something down on paper.
You don’t have to take everyone to the next level tomorrow. For today, simply write down 5 things you can do to change your culture.
But whatever you do, do something. Take some kind of action. Otherwise you’ll never make any progress. That’s fine if you want to be in the same boat five, ten or twenty years from now. However, if you don’t, start today. Again, don’t worry about going all in. You can always do that later.