You’ll never see an athlete competing in a race with a parachute attached to their waist. They’d be running with resistance, working against themselves the entire time. We do the same thing to ourselves when we pursue what we are not called to do.

Something happens deep within us when we go down an incorrect path. Red flags show up, we feel a tug in our spirit cautioning us, or we experience unrest.

The absence of peace is a clear indicator that something is off. If you are feeling this now, the best thing you can to is pause rather than push forward despite the warnings.

Sometimes, without intention we get an idea of how things will work out, and in our attempt to create that scenario we try to connect all the dots on our own.

It may be that we are trying to do so much at once that we can’t focus on the one main thing we know we’re supposed to do. It’s a scattered cluttered feeling overshadowing our clarity.

It may be that we know exactly what we’re supposed to do, but in our own weakness we gravitate to the things that bring instant reward instead.

Regardless of the reason, if you’re running against the wind, you’re only going to wear yourself out and become discouraged when you do not feel fulfilled. It’s time to clear out the things that aren’t supposed to be in your view.

Declutter, find focus, learn to say no, worship, and seek God’s direction more than ever before. Peace will surely follow as you gain clarity once again.

You have a purpose greater than you realize, and it so often will come together in ways you’d never expect. Instead of being disappointed or discouraged, learn to surrender to God and find joy in the unexpected and the difficult times. Doing this will develop you into a stronger person, and when you look back you will see how things worked together to bring you to a place of greater purpose.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Proverbs 4:25-26