You’ve likely heard the saying, “Life is a journey.” And if you ask most people what they are searching for on their life’s journey, you’ll likely hear a response like, “I just want to be happy.”
Most people treat happiness as a destination. I know I did. For the longest time, I hated journeys. I believed I would only find happiness once I reached my destination. I believed I couldn’t relax until I got there.
The problem with being a destination girl is that you miss out on some amazing opportunities to transform your life.
Like me, maybe you got lost along your life journey. Maybe you took a detour that you never saw coming, like a divorce. Or perhaps you picked up a few bad habits along your journey, like drinking or eating to numb the pain.
Or perhaps you try to please everyone to get your love tank filled, and it worked for a little while but now you’re right back to feeling lost and wondering if it’s really possible to live the life you love.
It’s not uncommon for you to feel lost at many different times in life. But being lost doesn’t mean you’ve hit a dead end; it doesn’t mean the journey is over.
In my life and in the lives of many of the clients I work with, I noticed that being lost reveals three things:
- Your true nature. You never know what you’re made of until you encounter adversity. It’s during the challenging times where you can honestly assess who you are and how you’re wired. Instead of stressing over feeling lost, take this opportunity to discover your true nature—your true desires and your true reactions. When you do, you will prepare yourself for when you get back on path, instead of getting lost even further.
- What matters most. Have you ever noticed that you can be so caught up in the demands of life that you never truly LIVE? If you really want to live the life you love, you have to get to the core of what matters most in YOUR life. Feeling lost has a way of revealing that. Is it money that truly motivates you? Or is your family everything to you? Once you discover what matters most you can focus on those areas and never feel lost again.
- A turning point. Feeling lost is not always a bad sign. Sometimes you can feel lost simply because you no longer fit where you are. Wouldn’t you feel lost if you were still in the 11th grade? Of course you would—you’re done with that season. The old has passed, the new is yet to come. Too many people try to get things back to the way they were. God is looking to do a new thing in your life. Don’t ever think that moving backwards will get you to a future goal. And if you’re truly honest with yourself, chances are you weren’t completely happy at that stage either. So why do you want to get back to it? Move forward!
It is possible to live the life you love even if you feel lost. Embrace the place you’re in, appreciate it for what it is and prepare yourself for greater things. God really does have amazing plans for you (Jer 29:11).
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