Subtle discouragement can be just as devastating to your life as the knock-you-on-your-butt kind (it will just take longer). I have been struggling with this sneaky kind of discouragement all week.
It is not enough to make me stop but enough to make me postpone. If I continue down this path I will postpone myself right into nothingness. I will be stuck in the same place, going nowhere. Not going back but certainly not going forward. Expending energy but not enough energy to break through the next barrier. I can feel the pressure building up but instead of it propelling me forward I am p…r…o…c…r…a…s…t…i…n…a…t…i…n…g.
Am I alone in this? Can all my procrastinators raise your hands?
I came across this verse a couple of days ago:
“Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner.” (Psalm 119:29, 30 MSG)
For me, the barricade is obedience. The “do- it-afraid“, & “do- it- whether you feel it or not” kind of obedience. Get off your tush and do what you know you are supposed to do kind.
But I need more than just determination, I need clear revelation. I need to know the root of this subtle self sabotage. I need to know what is holding me back, what lie I am agreeing with? That is what holds us back- a lie believed as truth. I don’t need to know exactly what it is to go forward, in fact, by going forward, I will most likely discover it.
Therefore, I choose. I choose to go forward with what I know and have faith that God will reveal what I don’t know. I choose the true road to Somewhere.
As I take one step at a time, one task at a time, I need to post God’s road signs at every corner. Reminders of where I am going and that I am headed in the right direction. Why at the corners? Because that is where I can lose sight of the vision, get discouraged because I don’t seem to headed the right way.
Have you ever been on a road trip, make a turn but feel like you going in the wrong direction? Then you check the map to find that, yes, you will get to your destination after a few twists and turns. All you have to do is trust the map, follow the directions- you will get there.
It is the same in life: Trust God, follow His direction and you will get there. Post signs on the way- scriptures, quotes or just words to keep you headed in the right direction.
I walked into my friend’s kitchen and saw this chalkboard in a gorgeous frame. She told me that it used to be a mirror but it broke. So she got chalkboard paint and painted it in. A great idea and great scripture. I am stealing both, lol.
I pray that today finds you on the road walking towards God’s purpose. But if discouragement has been dragging you down, I pray that you will find the encouragement here to get moving.
I would love to know what your favorite scriptures, quotes, or words of encouragement that keep you moving forward. Leave me a comment and let me know!