Lately, not only have I been faced with some “what if” thoughts, but I’ve had many people confide in me that they have their own “what if” thoughts wondering if they’ve made wrong lifelong decisions in work or marriage or school or having that last child.
When you ask “what if,” then you are likely looking at something in your past. It’s one thing to realize you may have made bad decisions in your past and then repent of them, meaning that you walk away from those decisions and commit not to do those same things again. However, it’s another thing to allow any of your past decisions to consume your thoughts and take you to a different life that might be “if only” . . .
These thoughts take focus away from what’s in front of you to what’s behind you.
Your focus determines your direction, which determines your destination, which dictates your destiny. -Christine Caine
Sweet friend, hear my words. God is not a god of regret (thank you Gretchen Tripp). God is not a god of “what ifs.” God is not a god who tells you to look behind you or beside you to the grass that appears to be greener or the life that appears to be easier. God is not a god of confusion or strife. God is not a god who will ask you to do something that hurts or destroys other people. Any thoughts you might be having that fit into any of these categories are not of God.
I repeat – those types of thoughts are NOT of God.
You are not living in your past. If you are, then it’s impossible to live a fruitful life because everything around you has moved ahead. It doesn’t matter if you made decisions without first seeking God’s direction when choosing your job, spouse, home, college, or to have that other child. You made the choice, and God is telling you to keep moving forward while he rearranges a few things. Whatever the decision was, it can become the biggest blessing you’ve ever seen if you’ll only allow it.
But in order for that to happen, you must focus on what’s ahead and not what’s behind.
Place your focus on God, and allow him to lead you and grow you as you move forward in your journey. One thing is for certain; he will never lead you backward. Any distractions that cause you to pause or turn around are there to lead you astray. When you’re exhausted, let God’s strength carry you. I promise the outcome will be something extraordinary.
If the distractions are coming at you hard, I can only assume you are about to bust the doors down on something huge. Allow God’s light to shine brighter than the distractions. Something big is about to happen!
Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. And whatever you do, don’t look back.
Prov. 4:25-27 (MSG) “Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.”
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