“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 13, 2010

Shut the Door!

I suppose every author likes to write about a subject that he or she has some knowledge or experience about, so I think it is fair that I do the same with my first post of my blog. The situation I happen to be writing, I have both first and third hand experience. I hope its relevance aids you with what is going on in your own life.

There has been a situation that has been going on for a good while in my life I wish to talk about, which is more or less a mentality I’ve noticed among Christians that worries me. That is the mentality (or thought process if you will) that every door of supposed opportunity that presents itself is from God. Then they follow this supposed opportunity to emotional and spiritual ruin.

Usually when a situation that deceives you comes along, it presents itself as the opportunity that you’ve been waiting for and will come right when you are not expecting it. However, God will always send you a sign or a warning that this is not his will for you but because of our human nature, we choose not to listen to it. We instead idealize it and ignore the warning signs along with the red flags to see what we wish to see.

When this happens, we make excuses and ignore the advice of both ourselves and those around us who try to warn us when we are going into a bad situation. We walk right through the supposed “door of opportunity” that has come along only to be mugged when reality answers. But do we have to learn the hard way or can we stop this from happening?

The first course of action when this situation arises is to “Shut the Door” and to completely shut it. Listen to those cues and red flags that you and those around you are telling you because in the end you will avoid a lot of needless pain and wasted effort. Furthermore, you will save yourself from perpetuating a horrible cycle.

In my next blog, I will delve into the question of “Why?” Why do we even open those doors to begin with and what is our underlying motivation for ignoring our internal red flags as well as our friends? Furthermore, how can we understand and potentially heal those feelings.

-Ryan Marler

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