Turning Points

Crossroads, forks in the roads, pivotal points, events and circumstances where life takes us in a new direction

It is never too late to become what you might have been.  George Eliot

 Life is always at some turning point. Irwin Edman

 The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. Max Lerner  

    Life has many turning points. It is easy to remember circumstances where our life changed dramatically, sometimes for the better and sometimes seemingly for the worse. Some of us are better observers than others, more conscious and aware of life’s twists and turns, decision points and situations. We are more likely to pay attention to what faces us and try to make the most of it. Too many are passive, like leaves blowing in the wind taken to wherever fate takes them. We have the basic choice of being victim or victor. We can choose to be the captain of our own ship or take whatever life happens to give us.

    A well-adjusted mature adult realizes and accepts full responsibility for managing their life and chooses self-accountability. Many are struggling to make these choices. There are more and more who want to be dependent upon others and fail to take responsibility. They are willing to let life or others dictate life’s circumstances to them. There is a large gap between dependency and self reliance and self sufficiency; between dependency and being independent. There is a huge difference from accepting responsibility and taking charge versus accepting whatever happens to us as being beyond our control. 

    Life’s turning points come continuously and at anytime. They happen due to the occurrence of events and circumstances or because we have chosen taking charge and making things happen. They happen whether or not we choose to be proactive or abdicate the responsibility to someone or something else. Life gives us according to our expectations. Those with low expectations get what they expect. Those with higher expectations tend to get rewarded accordingly.

    Turning points do offer us the opportunity for change, for a fresh direction, for moving forward in new and exciting ways; or to remain stagnant or even slide backwards. The choice is always ours to make, be a victim or choose to become a victor. We have creative capabilities that will try to produce the kind of life we visualize and can see ourselves living. Life going forward is an unpainted canvas. It is up to us to visualize and mentally paint the life we want. If we shirk this responsibility, we are relinquishing the opportunity to choose and determine our own destiny. We have within us the capability of both creating and managing the life that we really want to have. 

 Challenge: Sometimes turning points are noticeably good and sometimes they seem very undesirable. Turning points often cause dramatic changes. Many times these changes occur for reasons outside your control. Whether you approach them as victim or victor has much to do with the quality of your life as you go forward. Being proactive is the way to go. Take charge and steer your life in the direction you want to go. Be your own captain.

Wisdom: We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Harrison Ford

Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

Too many fear life. They fear what lies around the corner, fearing change, and as a result lack the courage and confidence to take charge of their lives. There are far too many people living this way. Those who have God in their lives can chose to live in a different way. They can have confidence and faith that God is always in charge and is watching out for us. He has our best interests at heart. He is our heavenly father. Why should we fear?

Prayer: Help me to have faith and confidence. Help me not to be afraid.                                          

 

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