Life Interrupted

Has your life gone ‘according to plan’? As kids, we dream about what we want to be when we grow up. It seems like the younger we are the more fantastical the dream. At 13 I was convinced I would one day be a Supreme Court Justice. At 10, it was astronaut. As a 5 year old, the Incredible Hulk. Of course, somewhere in between was rock star! Our evil plans on the road to world domination start young.

We live our lives, make our plans and work toward a goal. But what happens? How do dreams of fame, fortune and influence give way to 30 years of punching a clock in the hope you’ll someday get a nice retirement party and a cheap gold watch?

The answer is simple. Life gets in the way. Dreams give in to the daily grind. Plans get pushed aside for the promise of a pay check. People you trust make unexpected, unfortunate decisions. Accidents happen. Sickness redefines priorities. Suddenly you’re living a life interrupted.

Maybe this is your life. What will you do about it? Circumstances may trick you into believing you don’t have many choices. But look. Just beyond the edge of the mundane are possibilities unlimited. So, back to our question…what will you do about it?

No matter how you try to complicate it, there’s really only two choices.

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Do something.

The choice you make charts the course for your next season of life. Do nothing and the story tomorrow will be the same as today. Do something and your story will be different. The change may not be monumental. It may be a massive mistake, but what was it Thomas Edison said? “I have not failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb.”

Mistakes, rightly applied, become stepping stones on the road to success.

There’s another myth here. Doing nothing isn’t really an option. Tomorrow may be just as mundane as today, but it’s a different day. Your choices, ever so slightly, will not be exactly the same and that will chart the course for what’s next. Be honest. Has your life really been interrupted or are you where you are today because of a long string of indecision, bad decisions or safe choices that pay the bills?

Read Galatians 1:1-24. Paul knew about a life interrupted. We’ll talk more about him tomorrow.

Today – consider where you’ve been; recognize where you are; imagine what’s next; move forward.

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