We all have times in our lives when we can look back and reflect on events or places where our lives took a turn in a singular direction. For some people this turning point is a positive. Perhaps a birth, a marriage or a graduation. For others, pivotal moments are directly related to a person who was influential in good choices made such as coach, a teacher or even a spouse.
Then there are other turning points that seemingly crush us under their weight.
Death. Failed relationships. Financial difficulties.
Our experiences, whatever they are, help mold us into the people we become. Hopefully, we learn to appreciate the good, endure the bad and gain wisdom from the lessons life has to offer.
Thankfully, we aren’t relegated to circumstances dictating our destination. Our experiences do indeed impact the people we become, but they don’t have to define us.
Our lives have many paths that lead to the same destination. Sometimes we take the scenic route. At others, there are painful detours. A few people actually do reach their goals with a straight sprint from point A to Z.
Yet, most of us are more likely to walk and even crawl along our way. The fact that we keep moving is all that really counts.
I am reminded, as we transition from one season to another, to allow my turning points to turn me in the right direction.
Sometimes we need to turn away from people, places and even our own negative thoughts. At others, we may need to turn toward God when we find ourselves lost, disoriented and lacking the direction we need to fulfill our purpose.
Take some time to look back on the good and give thanks. Reflect on the negatives and know that they too can serve a purpose.
Make the choice to reassess who you are and what you choose to do.
If you’ve made mistakes along the way that’s fine too. Simply acknowledge them and learn from them. It is often the worst of times that eventually allow us to receive God’s very best.
It is faith that enables us to turn away from what was and look toward what can be. Turn toward the Light.
For He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:10-11 NKJV