Sunday, October 5, 2014
Stubborness With Flexibility
Often it seems that we get the above statement mixed up. We become stubborn with our methods, our actions, and when they don't lead to where our original goal was we change our goal. That's the easy way out. After all we are 'creatures of habit', but sticking to a habitual way of living, never breaking out to something new, will never get you farther than where you are now. To be clear, I understand that there are habits which are beneficial and can help you move forward towards our goal but we must learn to be flexible in our overall methods. There are always times to break out of those habits. Even a healthy habit of regular exercise, for example, will only get you so far if you are not flexible enough to increase the weights, or change up the type of exercise.
Just as important as learning to be flexible in our habits and routines is staying stubborn towards our ultimate goals. I have written a lot about the importance of vision and it is important to be stubborn as you are pursuing the vision that God has given you regardless of the obstacles. Sometimes we can be sure that we are going after the vision but we hit a dead end. In these cases it is easy to think, "Maybe I was wrong, maybe God didn't give me that vision." But more likely God is just trying to get you to rethink your method. Maybe God doesn't want you to do it the same as everyone else.
One of the biggest hindrances we tend to face in pursuit of our goals and visions is money. There are many people who God has called to step out in faith and just believe Him for the financial support to do what they have been called to do, however He may be calling you to something different. He may be calling you to build your own support through a business or to split your time between a career and the ministry. The same principle applies even if your vision is not ministry in the traditional sense. There are many methods to get where God has called you to, make sure you are using the correct one.
Are there any areas where you are hitting a dead end and maybe you need to change your methods?