2. You’re Stuck in the Idea of How Things Are Supposed to Be
We tend to view our lives according to our goals, our desires, and our will. We marry someone with the expectation that they will fulfill certain needs or desires in our lives. We have kids in the hopes of expecting things to be the way we pictured them to be. We choose careers we expect will bring us fulfillment.
What happens when life doesn’t go according to our plan, or go according to the idea of how we think things are supposed to go?
We praise God when things go according to the way we expect them to. We question God when life doesn’t go according to plan, and sometimes we even walk away from Him when we feel He should change what’s happening to us. But most of the time, when things don’t go according to our plans, we remain stuck.
We get so stuck to the idea that things in our life are supposed to look a certain way, that we hang onto those ideas and stagnate in stuckness. We try to recreate or manipulate things to go back to where they were or where we think they should be, so we stay stuck in place much longer than we should.
In order to break free from being stuck in the idea of how things are supposed to be, we must surrender our will to the Lord. We must align our hearts with His heart and our will with His. When the disciples asked Jesus how we are to pray in Matthew 6:10, He said to pray for “God’s will to be done, and not thy own.”
If we stay stuck in the idea of how we think things are supposed to be, we will never be able to break free. We will be so tied to the outcome we expected, that we remain in disappointment forever. Let’s surrender our will to the Lord. This takes dying to ourselves daily as Luke 9:23 says “if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross daily, and follow Me…” As we do this, our hearts will begin to look like the Lord's more and more, day by day, and we will break free from the idea of our own selfish desires and outcomes.
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