When Life Takes a Different Path

Perhaps you have arrived at a spot in your life that suggests you took a different path than the one that you thought you’d take. Perhaps you’ve been confused, as I have, on whatever you life is supposed to look like. Or, perhaps you’re just plain tired of fighting have settled into whatever form of life you are currently living.

I have been pondering this lately and trying with my feeble mind to understand how I arrived at the life that I live. Often, I get down about the job that I do. Often, I wish that I were doing something that were more in my list of occupations, careers, or business segments that align with the ideas that I have had for all these years. If you have followed any of my writings or thoughts, you may recognize that I have wanted to be a bunch of different things, studying such subjects as Criminal Justice, Biology, Ministry, and Motorcycle Mechanics. I’ve started more business ideas than I care to count. I have spent more money trying things that my wife cares to count. 🙂 I’ve applied for more careers over the past eight years than I can count in places and states far and wide. But yet, here I am. I’m doing much the same thing to earn money that I have done for the past eight years. Which, on some level is greatly comforting because by and large, we are well taken care of, but on the other hand drives me absolutely insane. And yet, my first instinct is to search for the next job  or next career field that satiate my hunger.

Why do I feel this way? Largely because we moved here to do something spectacular or at the very least to be involved I something amazing on behalf of God. I had grand designs on all the things that I felt God leading us to do here. By now, we should have been wildly successful, whatever that means. We should have been living our dreams. As I’m writing this, I want to erase all that and start over. I want to not share the thoughts that I have not shared with anyone, not even my wife. Why? Because it is untrue. Fact of the matter is, we have been involved with things that can be described as nothing short of miraculous. We were, at least I hope, an integral part of launching a campus of our church, which is growing and thriving against great obstacles. We have had the opportunity to share our hope and faith with countless people. I’ve personally had the opportunity to get paid by a cartoon mouse to help people in very desperate times in their lives and offer them hope when they feel hopeless. I’ve made some lifelong friends and had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most amazing people on the planet. Together, my wife and I joyfully labor together to raise a beautiful family, which is patiently awaiting an addition on May 20th.

Reading that last paragraph, I find myself full of joy and thankfulness. We aren’t where I thought we would be, but I wouldn’t trade where we are for anything. These years have served great purpose in our lives, but also in the lives of untold others.

So, I’m writing more for myself than anyone else. What do you do when life takes a different path? You choose to live joyfully. No matter what is thrown your way, you choose to live. Also, no matter what, live with purpose. Whatever career you’re working, whatever peak or valley you are going through, wherever you thought you would be by now….We must choose to live out the purpose of our lives. There is a great difference between arriving at any point in life by accident and arriving at whatever point you’re at on purpose, even if it isn’t where you thought you would  be.

I’m working on living this out in my life. Join me, shall you?