Are you climbing the right ladder?

laderMany people get to mid life or later and have reached the top of the ladder. Only problem is that the ladder is up against the wrong wall.

Maybe they have achieved a great deal professionally and have a lovely home and lots of expensive toys.

However, they also have a reputation for being a bully or their relationships are all disfunctional because work was always a priority.

Or they have lots of trappings but are so in debt that they daren’t answer the phone or open a letter.

Or it may not be as extreme as these examples, it may just be a general feeling of dissatisfaction and the nagging question – is this really it?

What is it that makes someone go so far off course and end up in a place they didn’t want to be?.

This common problem has one cause. The answer is found in a universal principle, that runs through all of life.

The thing with principles is that they are always true – we may not think about them, in fact we may not even know that they exist but they are still true and they just keep on doing what they do. And they are absolutely impartial – they dont have favourites and they don’t have a hit list.

So what is this principle?

It has several names. I like the Biblical explanation – seed time and harvest – what you sow you reap. We know how it works – if you plant potato seeds you aren’t going to harvest strawberries. You are going to get potatoes. It’s not rocket science – if you plant seeds of bad financial management, you will eventually harvest debt. If you plant seeds of grumpiness you will not harvest a lot of love in life.

To put it another way – the truth is that none of us end up somewhere out of the blue – life is a series of small steps and decisions that build on each other and inexorably lead us down a path. I know I’m mixing metaphors but think of these steps as being seeds that we are sowing. These steps create patterns and habits and it is these that create our life. The harvest.

Often you don’t even notice or realise what is happening – its just life – you get up and deal with whatever life throws at you.

Every decision and action that you take is taking you towards a harvest or destination – you can only go where you are headed. If you make the right decisions and take the right actions you will be content with the outcomes of your life, and you will be able to look back on the past without regret and look to the future with confidence. Yes there will be problems along the way – there always will be because life is like that – but you will know that you are in a good, strong position to deal with them.

It is never too late to start over

No matter how old you are, you can map out a new course and move towards a new destination. You can make a conscious decision to change where you are now and where you are headed. There are steps that you can take at any stage in life that will lead you towards more positive outcomes, towards success and happiness. The harvest that you truly want to have.

It starts when you change the way you think about yourself and your future. Believe that there is hope of a wonderful future – because there is, no matter how murky things seem right now.

Know who you are and Whose you are.

Read through your Bible and discover which verses ‘speak to you’ about how God sees you and what He wishes your life to look like.

Take hold of the fact that you are a new creation in Christ, that the old things have passed away and new things are starting.

God has a wonderful plan for your life.

God cares for you and asks you to cast your cares on Him, so that He can help you.

God will give you an infinite supply of wisdom, if you ask for it.

You can do everything because Jesus gives you strength.

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