Maybe you’re stuck in a job that you don’t like, or you might be unemployed and feeling stuck. Sometimes we find ourselves in a season where it feels like nothing is moving in a direction we’d like. It may not seem like it, but regardless of how stuck we may feel, there are some things that we can do to get through until the change that we desire comes.
What is it that you want to achieve? Having clear vision about what your goal is, is important. So often, I’ve spoken to people who simply say, “I just want to be happy.” While I do understand this thinking, it’s better to instead think about what it means to fulfill your God-given purpose. Those who understand that they are in the process of fulfilling their God-given purpose may not always be happy, but they have peace and joy.
Living for God clarifies our purpose. Apart from him, pursuits in self-fulfillment will be hollow. However, our relationship with Him gives us the insight and clarity to know what our real purpose is. It’s also important to note that His purpose for us never results in us being the only beneficiaries.
Nevertheless, even those who feel confident that they know what their God-given purpose is, seasons come where the vision seems to be stuck. So, what do you do when you have the vision, but for one reason or another, things aren’t moving forward?
First, be sure that you know the state of your flocks (Prov. 27:23). Aside from knowing and taking care of your financial business, it’s also important to an overall assessment of yourself, especially in the area(s) where you’re feeling stuck. For example, if there’s constant conflict in a relationship with someone, be sure that there isn’t something that you can do (or not do), to move the relationship forward. Whether it’s getting to work on time, practicing more, working harder, talking less or more, honing your skills, etc., it’s important that we honestly examine ourselves and our situation to make changes, if necessary. Yes, there are times when we can cause ourselves to be stuck.
Getting unstuck requires prioritizing, discipline, and determination. Even in the midst of frustration, we can’t lose sight of the vision. When we feel stuck, sometimes it’s overwhelming, and it feels like everything is of equal importance. However, when we pray, God has a way of putting things in proper perspective and order. When this happens, we simply must be determined to remain disciplined, resolved to stick to the plan as much as we can—no matter what it looks like.
Finally, we have to take as much action as we can. For instance, I may not have my second novel published yet, but I can write a blog postJ. Do all that you know to do that is right, good, and in line with fulfilling your purpose and vision. Pray, and I promise that God will show you something that you can do with what you have, whether it be much or little!
Finally, be adaptable. The vision will happen, but maybe (probably) the journey won’t be exactly the way that you expect it. There may be setbacks, disappointments, and standstills, but it will all work together for His and your good.
Getting unstuck requires that we change our mindset. When we allow our minds to be like the mind of Christ, we won’t feel stuck. Read His Word, and believe it. The enemy wants us to worry and be in a state of despair and hopelessness, but Christ has made us free! We have to stand strong, trusting that our feelings of being stuck are just that—feelings. What’s true is that the feeling of being will pass eventually, and we should not cave to it. Instead, we should look to Him and for others who are well-equipped for opportunities to better ourselves. In the end, He will be glorified for many reasons but for also being the God who is in the business of getting us unstuck!
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1