When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
Proverbs 29:18

Have you ever felt like your life was headed in the wrong direction? It’s not an uncommon feeling. Many of us experience it from time to time while others are perpetually stuck in a rut for years, even a lifetime. When we experience this, it may indicate that we’re not living according to the vision God has for our life.

Obtaining this vision requires more than just reading the Bible or attending church. It requires a careful audit of our life. If you have yet to understand God’s plan for you, start asking yourself a couple of questions:

“What am I currently doing that I should not be doing?”

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Proverbs 4:25–27 says, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

“What am I not doing that I should be doing?”

A straightforward reminder of this is found in James 4:17. It says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” And Ephesians 5:16 reminds us to “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”

When we apply God’s Word and embrace His vision for our lives, we are in turn blessed with focus, endurance, and motivation. It’s exactly what we need to get unstuck, live with purpose, and experience joy.

If you’re stuck, try asking yourself these questions. If the answers aren’t clear, pray about it but then make time to listen to God’s response.


Today’s author is Mark Henderson. He is the founder and host of The Inspired Legacy Podcast.