When you’re not where you thought you would be

All ages, young and old, have experienced periods in life when you look up and realize you may not be where you thought you would be. Additionally, you see others around your same age that seem to be moving at a faster pace than you are. Take a deep breath and relax because that doesn’t mean the game is over.

First, it is always easy to compare yourself to others. Secondly, it’s not helpful to do so. You are who you are and not someone else. No two people have the same life path. There is a bible story about the parable pf the talents you may want to look up. Basically, the opportunities for the people in the bible story was based largely on one very important factor. What they did with what they had.

I have found that the people who take the small tasks serious and do the very best they can with what they have, are often rewarded with greater tasks and opportunities. In the spiritual sense, if you received a revelation in some area of your life that you ignored, it is likely you will not receive another one until, you complete the first one.

I find it is much that same way in business. If I give someone a lead that they just blow off, I am less likely to give them another one. It is simple human nature to want to give more to the ones who act like they want more. That was the case in the bible parable of the talents.

I have shared the story of the hound dog many times, but it is so very true with the theme of this blog post. When the hound dog is just laying on the porch, he is focused on scratching his fleas (his troubles.) He will whine, howl and bark because he is focused on laying around on the porch. When a dog is in the field hunting, he is completely focused on his job. In life you have two kinds of people. Ones that just lay on the porch and whine about everything and then ones that actually go out in the field and get after it.

Many successful people find their path early in life and then others find their path much later in life. I call them late bloomers. I believe one of the questions St. Peter will ask us all at the pearly gates is “what did you do with what you had?”

If Truett Cathy or Colonel Sanders quit trying because they were old, we wouldn’t have Chick-fil-A or KFC today. Truett was 46 years old when he opened his first Chick-fil-A in a mall and was 65 when he decided to open the first free-standing Chick-fil-A store. Colonel Sanders opened his first Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 62. Ray Kroc first met the McDonald brothers at age 52, Ramen Noodles was invented by a guy 48 years old, Sam Walton opened his first Walmart at age 44 and Leo Goodwin founded GEICO when he was 50.

The point is, everyone has a different life path and age at which they find their calling or the right job. Be patient and pray about it and be careful to not rush at the first thing that comes your way. When you do find your right path, it will resonate in your heart and you will just know. KT

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