For the next 9 weeks to come, we're going to be tackling some little things that may be holding you back from success in every area of your life!
"Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom (Song of Songs 2:15)
Did you know there are 10 little things you could be doing right now that are holding you back from reaching your goals? Check out “Part I” of this blog series for more.
Part two, below, details another obstacle keeping us from ultimate success. Sometimes we can be so well intentioned, but if we’re not careful, we end up living in a land of indecision and apathy, dying to the dreams God has placed inside of us. We can let fear hinder us from making healthy choices that will help us move forward in God’s best plan for our lives.
2. Knowing When To Let Go
You feel stuck, but can’t quite figure out why. You’ve been in the same spot for twenty years, working yourself to the bone, and you have little to show for it.
Maybe you’re waiting on your spouse, child, pastor, boss or friend to make some changes necessary you think need to happen before you can move forward?
Joshua and Caleb of the Bible encountered the same problem. They had the faith to move forward and possess a rich land God had promised them and the Israelites, but the people they were with didn’t. As a result, it took the Israelites, Joshua and Caleb forty-two sojournings in the desert before they finally went in to possess what God had promised.
Forty+ journeys around the same mountain, inside the same desert, with the same people.
There are two lessons to be learned here, or two options that could be placed in front of those of us like Joshua and Caleb on any given day...
God had a dream to bring ALL His people out of Egypt and into a better place He had prepared for them. But, I believe if Joshua and Caleb had asked God, He would’ve told them if the Israelites were a lost cause, and if they needed to go on into the Promised place waiting for them. Or, He would've told them to stay with the people and not give up. Leaving behind their people they loved would’ve felt impossible, but so would’ve staying in the desert for no reason. They needed to know they were there for a purpose, and that their sacrifice would be worth it in the end.
· Lesson 1: Sometimes we hang on to a person or a dream too long and it just sucks the life out of us. We need to be careful of staying in a desert too long or dying too much. It can erase the passionate person we once were. If we stay there too long, we can forget where we were headed in the first place, with apathy replacing the dreams we once had. There are some people in our lives who are simply never going to change. We need to seek God’s wisdom on how and when to let go of these individuals so we don’t get stuck alongside them in and endless cycle of nothingness.
· Lesson 2: Longsuffering is a virtue I believe Joshua and Caleb possessed, and I believe their hearts were in line with God’s … they genuinely wanted what God wanted. And, they knew God had said He would bring His people into His place for them. As a result, Caleb and Joshua’s hearts lined up with God’s, and they wanted to lead their people into a better place, no matter how long it took to get there. So, I believe God partnered with them in their faith and eventually, after the faithless generation had died off, allowed them to lead a new generation in. God knew the next generation would make it, so I’m betting He encouraged Joshua and Caleb to hang in there and not give up. What longsuffering and perseverance these men must have had! Have you ever spent more than five years waiting for someone to change, to be bold enough to move forward with you? It’s hard! Now imagine waiting forty-ish years, watching an entire generation die off, and having little visible hope that the new generation will be any different!
I hope if I were ever in that situation where God was asking me to wait, I would have a heart to pray, “God, only you know how long this process is going to take … so instead of me praying for you to deliver me from this place, I pray you change me and make me more like You along this journey…”
My point is this: Sometimes it’s okay to let go and move on. And, sometimes God will ask you to hang in there and not give up on that person or persons. But know, if you make the wrong judgement call, God’s love for you is bigger than any mistake you could ever make. It’s just important that you make a decision and move forward in that decision!
A lot of squirrels have been flattened in the middle of the road, trying to decide which way to go! Just make the best choice you can with the information you’ve been given, and trust God with the rest.
Is it time to make a decision to go one way or another? Is it time to come out of your desert and into a better place?
God's Word says to ask, and the answer will be given to you!