I meet so many good people in my day-to-day life. So many people who genuinely strive to do good things and be great people. I am truly blessed to have these people in my life and with Thanksgiving coming up, I would like for it to be known that for this I am truly thankful to God. Even these amazing people who have been placed in my life, however, question themselves and their decisions often. It’s hard, I suppose not to, unless of course you have a road map for your life. “Ok, Vicky, you’ve lost it this time” you might be thinking. How can you navigate the future? It’s hard enough to trace the past. What is a road map for life? Well, it is simply this: guidelines and ideals by which you measure all of your decisions. Circumstances will always be changing. That’s true. If your guidelines, or priorities, are good and do not waver, then you can be sure that the decisions you make around them will be good decisions. Here are my priorities-
And yes, I believe those are great priorities if kept in that order. With decisions I am conflicted on I try to measure my potential actions against these three things and in that order. How does this line up with God’s words and the example he has set? How does my decision impact my family? And lastly, but still very important to me – How does this impact my work life? I am very serious about my priorities. I make sure to make time to spend with God daily, reading, praying, meditating. I dedicate myself to my sons and it is important to me to always be available to meet their needs. For those of you who don’t know this already, my work (especially because I know that it is also my calling and my purpose) comes before my social life. I would say that it also comes before my hobbies, but if you have truly found your calling you will notice that your work is your hobby. Not to say that it does not require discipline.
By far, though, the most important thing I remind myself is staying within God’s plan for me. Because I talk about hearing the voice of God a lot, people often ask me how I know something is God’s direction. The answer is easy. If the door opens smoothly, if the path is clear, if it is not a struggle, then it is your destiny. Again, life requires discipline. I’m not saying that God wants you to stay in bed all day because that is easy. No, live your life, work hard, serve others. BUT! If you find yourself constantly pushing against unmovable roadblocks, go back to your road map. Wait for the next open door. You may not know why or even where you’re going, but it will be the right decision. Once you make it, it will become more and more clear to you.
If you notice, throughout these words interspersed has been the word “try.” No one is perfect, and for sure I struggle at times with consulting my road map. In fact, for years I ignored the voice of God, hitting roadblocks along the way. Some people are just not quite as stubborn I guess, but in truth it took God allowed my eyesight to be taken for me to see his plan clearly. For this too, especially for this, I am thankful. Praise God.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.