Just the other day, I went for a run in the Colorado mountains. Snow, rocks, and mud covered the trail making it critical for me to watch where my feet hit the ground. I am out of shape, and I needed to run, but I could not let my goal to finish blind me from where my feet were landing along the way.
When it comes to pursuing the plans God has for your life, moving towards them is essential, but it is not enough. If you are hiking a mountain, mindlessly running to the top does not guarantee a successful climb. You have to watch where your feet are going, what’s in front of you, and what’s beneath you in order to identify the obstacles ahead.
It is common for young people to simply let life happen, not making an effort to prepare for the future. But God has called young people to live with intentionality, using the gifts that He has given to pave the way for His will in our lives. Often, we commit to a life of sacrifice, but are unaware of the destructive roadblocks hindering our journey.
Too often, we start running toward our future and wonder how we were wounded when we never watched where our feet were going. Running towards the plans God has for you is necessary, but it is not enough. As you commit to spending yourself in ways that change the world, it is essential to identify the obstacles that may hinder you from spending yourself well.
Here are 5 common roadblocks to avoid as we live the adventurous life God has called us to:
- O V E R – C O M M I T M E N T
When you overcommit, you disable yourself from doing anything with excellence. The more things you add to your plate, the less joy you will find in what you are doing. Our broken world needs you to do less things at your best, rather than more things at your average. Less is more if less is done well.
- U N D E R – C O M M I T M E N T
There is a balance between overcommitment and under-commitment that is impossible to find without the Holy Spirit, but is very possible to find because He is with us. When you choose not to give your full effort to what you commit to, you give yourself an excuse to not act and it becomes easy to feed the lie that we are not capable of changing the world. Find ways to fill your time that challenge you to be more, give more, and live more fully.
- U N D E R E S T I M A T I N G G O D
Often, we fail to trust in God’s sovereignty to accomplish what needs to be done; we try to fill in for Him by taking on too much and intervening where we see fit, all the while forgetting what God is capable of doing. When we underestimate God’s strength, it becomes easy to try and take on the responsibility of being “God”. Remember the same God who empowers us with strength is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
- S P E N D I N G Y O U R S E L F L A T E R
Waiting for the perfect time to pursue your dreams is a sure way to watch your dreams fade and eventually die. Telling yourself that you will “do it later” or “when this or that happens” often create excuses to hide behind in order to remain idle. Waiting for things to line up perfectly before you are willing to jump and act requires no faith, no trust, and no God. Be willing to spend your life in a way that changes the world now, and give God an opportunity to provide, protect, and lead you, starting today.
- D O I N G I T A L O N E
At some point in your life, you realize accountability and mentorship are vital; embracing that fact at a young age will only benefit your future. An ancient proverb says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Find friendship that will sharpen you, mentors that will guide you, and good people to encourage you along the way.
God has placed dreams in your heart that will help to restore the broken world we live in. Can we commit to personally run towards our dreams with wisdom? Lets commit to letting go of fear, keep moving, and take care to run while watching our step.