They say "you cant know where you're going until you know where you've been." Others say "how far you go depends on how far you're willing to go." Often times we think about the direction in which we want our lives to go, where we think we will be, where we plan for it to be, and where we wish and hope we'd be; but the reality is... where we will be is already programmed we just have to make sure we're in tune with the route. Where we go and how far we go depends on the choices that we make. The choices that we make can't necessarily deter us from where we supposed to be or change where we're supposed to be for that matter but it can hinder our progress from getting there. Whether it be fear, whether it be bad choices, whether it be distractions, the programmed direction in which we are supposed to go will meet us eventually; however the condition of where and how we arrived depends on the choices we make today !!!
Often times when we think of the process we fail to attach that to the measurement of time that defines our progress at times--Distractions! How easy is it for us to be distracted? How long does it take for us to be intrigued? Now how long does it take us to realize that that something that is temporary? How long before you realize that you're wasting your time? How long do we rest to partake in the temporary before we realize that it's ruining our appetite for what's waiting for us? Distractions are always a temporary satisfaction that typically causes us lose focus on the goal. The market always has things in the checkout line that look satisfying. Those last minute things. Those "grab and go's", that quick fix to "hold you over", knowing that you already have a meal prepared. As you stop to personally handpick what it is that you feel you need for that quick fix, you fail to realize that a line that should've taken 3 minutes to get through is now taking 5. . . and that it's your own fault! The same is true in life! We grab at things that intrigue us and it causes us to miss pivotal moments. It's equivalent to the times we sit on our phone hours at a time while at work knowing we have entire To Do List and deadlines to meet . . . but the temporary satisfaction in scrolling, commenting, and liking posts have caused us to miss an entire days work! Distractions are not only there to temporarily take our focus but to keep us from reaching deadlines and completing goals. We all have aspirations and assignments anddddddd we all certainly have distractions as well! We have to learn how to be so distracted (FOCUSED) with the end goal of our route that we learn to enjoy the scenery in front of us and not the things on the side of mountain's drive that seeks to get our attention. The GPS has been programmed and set...how many times will you have to be redirected because you're taking wrong exits or because you didn't leave on time and now you're driving crazy in someone else lane! I believe that there's a scenic route to get to the destination but God has plans for us to take the "quickest." He doesn't reroute us to the scenic route until our pitstops cause us to interfere with 'specific timing!' You got distracted and now it's rush hour and because His route has timing He has to take yo away from the traffic to a scenic route that feels like its taking longer --but is a result of you being distracted, God never intended for us to be distracted from the plans that He has for us and He doesn't expect us to be perfect, BUT HE DOES EXPECT US TO ARRIVE to the place of his initial programming! The discipline in this is remaining focus on the end goal. Enjoy the journey but don't spend too much distracted by the scenery that you lose sight of what has been programmed.