4 keys you need to unlock confidence and confirm your calling

Part 3 of a multi-part blog series about your life's calling

We all want to know we’ve not made a mistake. When you make a big step into something unknown, like your calling, you really want some confirmation to know whether or not you have done the right thing.

The good news is, if you’ve stepped into your calling, confirmation will come. Why? Because it’s undeniable. Over the years, I’ve found confirmation coming in at least four different ways.

– Through prayer

– From people

– In the pages of scripture

– By providence

In my experience, when you take the leap to launch into your calling you will always find some confirmation in these areas.

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Through Prayer

As you consider taking the step into your call, you’ve probably already been praying. I guarantee you’ll be praying after you take the step! I know I was…

But God has a way of communicating to you deep in your heart. When you’ve made the correct step and you’re pursuing the calling you are meant for, you’ll know it inside. Not only will there be a sense of joy and exhilaration; but you will also experience peace. A deep, rich satisfaction comes into your life. You just know you are on the right track. This peace comes most powerfully through prayer. I can’t explain how it happens, I just know that it does.

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From people

Was I hesitant to actually step on a platform and speak to people for the first time? Sure I was. You always wonder how you’ll be perceived, and if you’ve done a good job. Your doubts always try to dominate you; but in my experience there have been people come alongside me that confirmed my call. Some realized it, some did not; but in both cases God has used others to help reinforce my choices. Obviously you can’t listen to every voice; but if you pay attention, there are people in your life that will confirm whether you’ve made the right choice or not. These people will be honest, sometimes painfully so. Why? Because they care about you.

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I’ve had people tell me I did a good job preaching; but I knew they were just saying it, not feeling it. But there have also been those who truly spoke into my life, encouraging me, lifting my spirits, and telling me they believed there was something to this calling. The “good jobs” from some, and the deafening silence from others aren’t the things I remember most. On the contrary, what I most think of after twenty years of living out my call are the conversations from real friends who had my best interests at heart. I recall the words of advice, and the “keep on going, you got this” talks I’ve had. I remember the tough conversations when people who cared for me gave me advice they knew would be difficult to hear; but they said it anyway. You remember the people who believed in you and invested in you. God uses those people to confirm His call on your life.

  • So when your most trusted friend, the one who won’t hold back, tells you, “hey, I really believe in what you’re doing”…believe them.
  • When that coworker says, “I think you’re going to get that promotion you put in for, you’re the most qualified person they could pick”…trust them.
  • If your family says, “You can do this. We are behind you and we think this is exactly what you’re meant to do”…listen to them.
  • Don’t waste your time on the voices that declare gloom and doom but won’t give you any specifics on how to overcome the defeat they proclaim.

Listen to the people who tell you the truth…things like, “this won’t be easy; but it’s possible”.   When trusted voices give you advice that is actionable, take their advice. Over the years I’ve found this sort of advice to be true, even if I didn’t understand the rationale at first.

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From the pages of Scripture

If you are a Christian, you already know the importance of the Bible in your daily life. It really is the living, breathing, Word of God. And through scripture God will speak into the direction of your life.

The Bible Speaks Into Your Life

He has given me direction and confirmation through scripture on so many occasions I’ve lost count; and He will do the same for you. I don’t usually go into my daily scripture reading time looking for confirmation about my call. When I read the Bible I simply want to be open to God about whatever He wants to say; but I can tell you from experience that He will speak to you and confirm your call through scripture.

 

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By providence

One of the surest ways to confirm your call is what I call “providence”. This simply means once you’ve taken a step which leads into what you feel is your calling…if it really is your calling…doors and opportunities will begin to open providentially.

I remember one time when considering and praying about taking a different job, the doors seemed to just open. At the time, the job I wanted (and needed) was a really good paying one. Since I was just about to get married, it was time for me to step it up so to speak. There was no way my brand new family would survive unless I had more income. Deep inside I felt like the new employment I was pursuing was my calling for the season of life I was about to enter into. After I felt confident in the direction I pursued, providentially, doors opened up. The opportunity came. I got the job. For several years, that job provided for my family. I kept it until my wife and I began to sense a new call which would ultimately place me in full-time church ministry being a pastor…but that’s a different story.

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When you are pursuing your call, confirmation will always come in the form of open doors and crazy opportunities. I’m not saying every open door will be a giant one, in fact the opposite is usually true. But what I am saying is you can expect your situation to reflect your preparation. If you’ve taken the first steps into your calling, God will open doors for you to live in it. I can’t explain how it all happens, I just know that it does.

The people who are frustrated because doors won’t open and opportunities won’t come are usually the same ones who have ignored the advice of trusted friends telling them to not do what they are planning to do. They are usually the people who have bypassed the turmoil and unrest they feel inside, and continue to walk full force into something God hasn’t given them peace about.

If confirmation about your call doesn’t come, then back out of it.

If you want more about confidence, check out these awesome quotes from Dale Carnegie.

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Four Limiting Beliefs You Should Stop Believing Immediately

Part 2 of a multi-part blog series about your life's calling

What I’m about to share next is arguably the most important few ideas related to your calling.

Many would dismiss these ideas as the sort of “mushy” stuff related to your call. Really, I used to be one of those people. The emotional part of the call was something I didn’t like. Down deep I’m probably a realest, and a very practical, goal oriented type person.

So thinking about things that are emotional or “squishy”, hasn’t been my strong point. But I’ve come to learn that there really are several limiting beliefs that constantly war against your call.

These limiting beliefs have to be overcome.

I will overcome limiting beliefs

If you don’t stop them dead in their tracks they will keep you from living out the call on your life. The people which have been sidetracked by these limiting beliefs are all around you, and you don’t want to become one of them.

So the very first thing you need to do is get rid of every limiting belief inside yourself. You have to replace the limiting belief with it’s counterpart, which is truth from God’s Word.

Limiting belief #1 The negative things people say or think about you are true

I remember the months leading up to the moment where I finally “gave in” to the initial calling on my life.

They were difficult months.

I struggled with negative thoughts and beliefs which had been placed in my heart over the years.

There is a moment I can recall from my teenage years when a person very close to me, someone very important in my life, a trusted family member in fact…told me my calling would never amount to anything.

Essentially that I would never amount to anything.

The feeling of being worthless overwhelmed me. It felt like my life had absolutely no value, and I just didn’t know where to turn.

This statement was simply the culmination of many other words spoken to me throughout my life. Like so many other people now days, I lived in a negative environment. Words had been spoken to me, about me, and over me. Listening to these words created a limiting belief in my life.

Those words seemed like mountains which were impossible to climb over.

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So here’s the question:

Why is it so hard to find your calling?

I think it has a lot to do with BELIEVING you are WORTH being called.

If you don’t believe there is intrinsic value in your life, something placed there by God…you are going to find it very difficult to believe God wants to call you and give you a purpose in life.

That’s the way it was for me.

These limiting beliefs held me captive for years.

I felt I was no good, like I couldn’t accomplish anything of value, and I could never understand why anyone would consider me valuable.

Even though I believed God loved me, It was hard to think that He desired to use me or give me a purpose.

This same limiting belief will keep YOU from discovering your call as well.

Thankfully there was a trusted friend that came to my aid.

This man was a Christian. He was older than me and also a pastor.

My respect for him was off the charts…I really believed in his thoughts and opinions. One day I made time to go visit with him. The conversation was hard for me because I had never allowed anyone to see what I dealt with…the feelings of being worthless and devalued.

Most guys can probably relate to this. Men don’t usually get all emotional and “feely”. The guys I know simply take things in stride and deal with it. But we all have our melting point; and I had reached mine.

Words began to pour out of me…I felt I had nothing good to offer anyone.

My friend took the time to encourage me. He reminded me that I AM valuable to God.

Over the course of several hours during this talk I somehow started to believe what he said, even though I still struggled.

During the next few weeks God continued to “speak” to me. The impression that I was created to preach grew stronger and stronger. It was overtaking me. I came to realize I had been believing a lie.

All the negative words weren’t true.

It is very important that you stop believing you’re not valuable. This notion that you can’t accomplish anything, or that your life isn’t quite as important as someone else is nothing more than a lie.

This lie will limit everything good God wants to do in your life if YOU LET IT.

So don’t let it! Stop believing the lie.

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When it comes to your calling in life, there are only two opinions that really matter:

– Yours

– God’s

The things other people say about you is simply their opinion.

You can’t afford to base your life on the things people say about you. You will end up spending precious, irreplaceable time trying to make people happy. People pleasing is a tough job…one that usually can’t be accomplished.

So don’t waste your time on this. You have to simply make up your mind to go forward in what you believe to be the calling on your life.

Ask yourself:

WHAT DOES GOD THINK ABOUT ME?

Scripture is a great place to find the answer. In fact, one of my favorite passages of scripture says…

Jeremiah 29:11 NLTse

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

The simple answer is God has a future for you.

It literally took me years to get this belief settled in my heart. For some people, like me, it is really hard to believe God has a great plan for your life. You doubt yourself and don’t see how anything good can come out of you. But you need to stop that sort of belief right now.

God has a call for every person…all they have to do is find it. And the first step to doing just that is answering the question, “what does God think about me?”

Next, you need to answer the question:

WHAT DO I BELIEVE ABOUT MYSELF?

Do you believe the negative things other people say about you? Do you base your emotional well being on what others say and think of you?

Many people, actually most people do. Their entire life is tied up to what other people think, say, and believe about them; but this is a recipe for failure in your calling.

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You have to get your beliefs about yourself settled down deep in your heart and stop allowing limiting beliefs to control you.

There are some concrete things you need to believe. These will become your north star as you pursue your calling in life. For me, it was easier to list my deeply held beliefs as statements rather than just answering the question, “what do I believe about myself”.

Years ago as I started this journey of discovering my call, I wrote down several statements describing the person I wanted to BE. These “belief” statements have been an integral part of my life. In fact, I’ve formed nearly everything around them.

Here’s my list of belief statements to use as an example. Maybe these will spark similar statements of your own.

– I will win my battles whatever the cost.

– I will make a difference for the cause of Christ.

– I will fight until there is only one man standing; and I will be that man.

– I will carry God’s vision into every territory and fight until I see it come to pass.

– I will go above and beyond the call of duty.

– I will live with honor.

– I will fight with courage.

– I will rest with hope.

– I will walk with victory.

This simple set of sentences has become a driving force behind anything I may have accomplished in my life.

Before you will become the person you’re called to be, you need to replace the limiting beliefs, negative opinions, and wrong thinking in your life. You replace it with what you feel God believes about you, and then you begin to believe it yourself.

For me it was easiest to do this through statements of belief…my “I wills”.

I encourage you to write some of your own.

Limiting belief #2 You can accomplish your calling by yourself

This is an easy trap to fall into.

It’s YOUR calling, so you should be able to do it alone, right? Wrong!

Your calling in life is something you’ll need others to help you fulfill. Every person needs a support system.

As someone who is called to be a pastor and preacher, I spend the majority of my time living out my call on a platform. Preaching seems to be a one man sport; but in reality it’s not. I have a group of people surrounding me which I draw strength from, encouragement from, and even ideas from.

My wife is the number one member of this team. Without her help and support I would never have the confidence to do what I do. She rallies behind me, giving me the courage to walk this road I’m on.

There are many other people who I consider to be a part of my “team”. In fact, there is even a small group of people who have come together to help me publish this book, and I’m so very grateful for them.

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Here’s the thing:

Independence can be admirable; but it is DETRIMENTAL to living out your calling in life.

You are going to need input, help, support, and open doors to live your call. You cannot do it alone. The longer you try the more frustrated you’re going to be.

You need the help and support of others.

God designed it this way. See, none of us were meant to live life alone.

Your friends, family, spouse, and those closest to you should be your allies. You need them. In the long run, those who finish the race and actually live out the call in life are the ones who don’t try to go it alone.

Limiting belief #3 I’m afraid to start

Once you’ve discovered what your calling is (which is the goal of this book), it’s easy to start making plans.

Plans are a great thing. In fact, I love them! I’m a natural planner who likes things to be done in order.

I LOVE lists…they actually bring me comfort. If something needs to be accomplished, just start a list.

Begin writing down the most important imperatives which need to be done…easy right? Wrong again!

You can plan yourself to death if you’re not careful; and your plans can become paralyzing. Many people use plans as a cover for their fear of starting. They rationalize, “this is a big goal I’m about to pursue, I have to make sure everything is just right before I begin”. This sounds like great advice; except it’s not.

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When you discover your call you need to jump in head first.

The best way to learn to swim is jumping in over your head.

I’m not advocating that you don’t plan…far from it.

What you need to do instead is plan then act. Plan then do. Plan then jump.

One huge component of this limiting belief is that it seems easier to stay safe where you are. But staying where you are will NEVER get you where you should be.

In fact, the longer you wait to get started with your call the easier it will be to back out of it. I’ve had so many people come to me over the years, expressing what they felt called to do. The majority of these people have all went into the mode of “trying to figure it out”.

They wanted no risk to involved.

The desire for everything to be ready and in place, actually displaced the urgency of their call and every one of them except for one has walked away from the calling they expressed.

I can relate to this because I was afraid to start too; but once I finally launched I found something that satisfied me deep down inside. You will too. Whatever your call is, you just need to start.

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Will everything turn out perfect? NO, no, and no.

You are going to make mistakes, things won’t work out right, and sometimes you’ll get discouraged; but keep on going anyway. You learn as you go, not as you plan.

Another major reason why people are afraid to start is they’re afraid for people to see who they really are.

This is such a shame, because living the life God created you to live is amazing.

We have this belief that people won’t accept our calling…that going out and living in it will somehow reveal a motive in us that turns people off.

You have to get past this! I can’t express this enough…

Living out your call isn’t about you trying to be something you’re not. It is about you being something YOU ARE.

Be who you were created to be

For years I wanted to write and I was always scared to do it.

– Would people laugh at my words?

– How would a book written by me be received?

– Would my friends and those closest to me think I’m trying to be a “know it all”?

– Would people question my motives?

– Would they discount my calling to be a writer?

Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I’m going to write, I have to just do it. You can’t wait on people to pick you because they never will. The fact is, God picked you. He called you. He created you with a powerful, fulfilling call and you need to find it and live it.

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Don’t be afraid to start simply because of what others may think when you do.

I have to say this one more time…

Living out your call isn’t about you trying to be something you’re not. It is about you being something YOU ARE.

Limiting belief #4 I’m afraid I will fail

Let me alleviate your fears…

YOU WILL FAIL.

Failure has been the companion of every person who has ever achieved great things in life.

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You will fail; but failure is not the end. The key thing to get right WHEN you fail is your perspective.

The way you see failure, more importantly, the way you USE failure is the determining factor in whether or not you’ll live out your calling.

I certainly don’t know everything; but one thing I’ve learned over the years is failure is just a part of the process when you’re discovering your call in life.

In fact, there are at least three beliefs about failure which usually limit most people:

– If I try and fail people will judge me.

– If I fail I’ll never get another chance.

– My failure is permanent.

Limiting beliefs are something you have to overcome. They will always be part of your process, as it relates to your call. And each of these statements we’ve listed is a real limiting belief that people face on the road to living their call.

So let’s talk about each one just a little…

IF I TRY AND FAIL PEOPLE WILL JUDGE ME.

I going to shoot straight with you…this one is true.

You will only overcome this limiting belief when your desire to live in your call is greater than your fear of what others think of you.

Think of it this way…

– Other people don’t are not the ones living your life.

– You are the one living your life.

– Do you want to live your life for them or for you?

The longer you focus on how people perceive you, the longer it will take to be happy living in your call.

People DO judge a book by its cover…People judge others when they have no right to judge…You have to grit your teeth and bust through this limiting belief.

IF I FAIL I’LL NEVER GET ANOTHER CHANCE.

Rarely is this the case.

I remember the story of a young youth pastor who served in a large church. He had asked for the opportunity to lead a huge outreach event in his community. To this young man’s amazement, he was given the opportunity.

He couldn’t believe it. The excitement and planning seemed to feed his dreams.

During the course of several months leading up to the event, the young pastor spent thousands of dollars which had been allocated to this outreach. All the planning and hard work were finally coming together.

The invitations had been printed and sent (this was before email and the internet). He had personally invested time and effort making sure everything was just right.

One thing he didn’t account for, however, was the weather.

On the day of the event it rained and rained. In my community we might say it “poured and spilled”.

The event was a total wash. Since it had been planned outdoors, no one came.

The young youth minister was devastated. He had wasted the entire budget on an event that never happened.

A few days later he dejectedly walked into the office of his lead pastor and turned in his resignation. The older, more seasoned pastor looked at him in amazement and asked why he was resigning.

He said, “I figured since I wasted the church’s money on this huge event that failed, you would want me to resign.” The old pastor looked over his glasses at the young man and simply said, “son, you can’t help the weather. There is no need for you to resign.”

The young man was over joyed, and he went on to do awesome things for the kingdom of God.

The point is…we usually think we’ll never get another chance. We build up our calling to such a degree that failure seems like the end; but it rarely is.

I’ve found that most people are very understanding if they know you’re putting your whole heart into something. The reason others have the capacity to give you grace is simple…they’ve been there too.

If you will keep your character and integrity above board, even if you face a failure you’ll most likely have another chance.

This brings us to the last reason why most people are afraid of failure…

MY FAILURE IS PERMANENT

Listen, you have to get this into your heart…

The only permanent failure is the one you let hold you back.

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Sure there are obvious things that keep people from pursuing their call…things like moral failures or crimes; but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

You are doing your dead level best to discover your call and overcome your limiting beliefs. So what if you fail. We’ve already talked about the fact that YOU WILL fail at some point.

The key is to not let your failure hold you back.

Failure is ONLY permanent if you let it be.

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Your call is your center

Your call is the place where balance and happiness combine. When you’ve found your calling in life you’ll be a person who feels useful again.

In fact, everything else in your life gathers around your center, so when you don’t know what your center is, there’s no way your life can remain in balance.

I believe you have the power and capacity to overcome every limiting belief in your life. It’s the first step you need to take.

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How To Be Captured By Your Calling In Life

Part 1 of a multi-part blog series about your life's calling

Your life's calling

You want to know what your calling is.

This inner desire to find meaning, significance, and purpose fuels you. It is something that presses you forward. An undeniable tension which refuses to let you go.

When other people seem happy, content, or even blessed, you can’t completely identify. Why? Because deep down inside you there is a hunger for more. The quest to find your life’s true identity draws you ever deeper into the journey.

Other people can’t quite understand you. Are you happy? Yes; but the unsettledness of something greater allures you to go forward on this journey of discovery. It is an ever-drawing force that compels you. Deep down inside you know that there is more. More for your life. More for your family. More than just a life.

The more you seek is a calling.

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Everyone has a calling. One of my most deeply held beliefs is that every person, no matter their status, origin, or present circumstance, has a calling that desperately needs to be lived out. Jeff Goins describes calling in this article as the ability to “see what’s always been there.”

Calling is something you are born with and something that can be developed.

God designs our calling from before the moment we are born, according to scripture.

Psalm 139:16 NLTse

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

This call is the place of fulfillment. Dreams seem to materialize when we reach and live in our call. Calling, however, can be elusive. It can be difficult to see, hard to find, and even more challenging to capture the calling for which you were created.

So how does a person go about finding their call?

Let me say this first, I believe there may be more than one calling on your life. Chances are good that your life can have fulfillment, meaning, and purpose through multiple ventures. These are quite possibly discovered over time.

What about the initial contact with your call? How does a person find it? How do you come to the moment when calling seems clear?

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For me, it was a series of moments which led up to the discovery of my initial calling.

I am a pastor.

Don’t let that throw you. Ministry is definitely marginalized these days; and in some cases rightfully so, as people use their ministry position for their own benefit. Not all pastors are bad, however. Some pastors love their church, their family, and their God with all their heart. Although, I’m not perfect, I strive to be the latter.

I remember the moment when a small thought crossed my mind. Nothing more than a fleeting thought, captured only by the fear it inspired in me.

How to be captured by your call in life

At no time have I ever considered myself a public speaker. Like many, I recall the assignments in high school which required a student to be upfront and present material to the class, as some of the most frightening days of my life.

Being in front of any sort of group made me feel sick.

So when the thought of preaching first crossed my mind, I was terrified and immediately dismissed it as one of those dumb thoughts we all have from time to time. Those thoughts that leave us wondering, “where did that come from?”

Over the next three years or so, one of these momentary, terrifying, thoughts would intersect with my mind. It was as if I was being led towards an eventual outcome; and the end result would be preaching.

I ran from it.

That is until I found myself in a place of no escape and ultimately gave in to something which seemed scary, unknown, and out of place.

It felt like I had been captured by my call; and I can say with all truthfulness, as soon as I gave in to the calling that had been hunting me down for so long, there came an immediate, deep sense of relief, satisfaction, joy, excitement, and hunger to follow this thing which had been following me.

There was an instant turn around.

Something that I never enjoyed before, became one of the greatest joys and means of expression that I have. I also realized a calling is something that goes deeper in your life than something you just enjoy. A calling is part of who you are.

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In this article, John Dewey is quoted, defining a calling as, “a continuous activity having a purpose.”

This definition is true. Your calling has been there all along. Even if you haven’t found it yet, it is there. Is it entirely possible that your calling is hunting you down at this moment? I believe so. Your next opportunity may be the moment where your calling begins to materialize. Maybe you will recognize it during the course of a casual conversation, or in a time of deep reflection. Finding your calling could be as simple as opening your eyes to what is already in front of you.

One thing is for sure, your calling will set you on fire with activity that has a purpose.

I believe it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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4 Keys To Changing Your Life’s Direction At The Right Time

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 isright 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.

Acts 9:1–8

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.