Do you wish you could change something in your life? Chances are you do. At some point you’re going to desire change in at least one area of your life.
You’ve probably heard the old adage, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. But…in our life it’s not always that simple. Sometimes things get complicated. There are hard decisions to be made…relationships that need attention…things that you want to accomplish.
There’s a time in life when we shouldn’t quit. In fact, I wrote a post about that very topic here. On the other hand, there are times when change is needed.
As a Christian, I believe that God has something to say about our life. Specifically, I think He wants to guide you to the best possible outcome in life. That means He wants to help you know when to change.
There is a right time to shift your direction in life. If you are paying attention and listening to God…I believe recognizing that time has some simple keys. Admittedly, these keys come from my perspective as a Christian…They’re things that I’ve personally lived out. I’m sure that there’s many other times that a person could recognize in life as a time to change direction…But these four indicators come from my personal experiences.
4 Keys To Changing Your Life’s Direction At The Right Time:
1.) When you feel you’re going in the wrong direction and the feeling refuses to go away over a long time.
Let’s clarify…a LOT of people probably feel like they’re going in the wrong direction from time to time. That’s not what I’m talking about. This indicator is derived from a spiritual standpoint. It’s when you come to the conclusion that God is pushing you to change directions in an area of your life. You simply can’t find relief from this nagging feeling; and there’s a valid reason for that. It’s because God won’t leave you alone about it. If you’re feeling that it’s time for a change…and that feeling won’t go away no matter what you do…then it may be time to really pray about whether God has a new direction for your life.
2.) When you positively know in your heart that God has changed your direction.
If you know down deep that God is moving you and changing you, then give in to that. To do anything else will be worse than counter productive. To stay when God pushes you to go is actually going against God’s plan for your life. God will bless you if you’re obedient.
3.) When there is confirmation to change from an outside source that wasn’t aware of your internal debate.
For starters…that’s a lot to say! But what I mean is simply this: Sometimes God uses people to confirm what He’s saying to us. Any time you question in your heart about whether or not God is leading you to change something, or go in a different direction, you are having an internal debate. Other people aren’t aware of this debate. For example, I’ve had moments in my life when someone spoke something to me that clarified everything about my decisions; and they were completely unaware of it. It’s like God confirmed something in my heart that couldn’t have happened any other way.
4.) When God clearly gives you a call to action that ignites your passion and you’re compelled to fulfill it.
This happened to the apostle Paul in the book of Acts.
1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest.
2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.
3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!
6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one!
8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus.
Not everyone’s call to action will be so dramatic.
But usually at some point in life, a believer will experience some sort of call from God. In fact, I believe God has a plan and purpose for every person. A call from God may be life long, long term, or short term. The important thing to remember is that God has a unique purpose for your life that will, at some point, push you out of your current direction. Being open to this will put your life in a place where God can use you and bless you.
Here’s what to do:
- Schedule a time to pray and seek God about your upcoming decisions.
- Pray about your current direction and ask God if it’s still the right one.
- Ask God to lead you in your family, finances, and future.
Doing these simple things could save you trouble, bring peace of mind, and lead you into God’s blessings.