It was half past noon on a Saturday and I was sat in a Phoenix coffee in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I had been there for the past two and a half hours reading Victor Frankl’s inspiring book, “A Man’s Search for Meaning.” The majority of my coaching scheduled for that weekend had been cancelled while I was sat there sipping a delicious cup of coffee and I thought to myself, “What am I going to do this weekend now?” Within a half hour I drove home, packed a bag, and was on my way to Lexington, Kentucky, a five hour drive for a leadership conference. A silent voice inside said “you need to go.” I decided to listen. I will admit that the whole way down, I was questioning why I was going. However, I decided to believe there was a reason.
Most of you are probably thinking, thats crazy and ridiculous. I know I get it. I was thinking that the whole way down. However, one thing I have learned is many times the best decisions are made in an instant and when that small voice inside says go, you go. Within 24 hours of leaving for Lexington, I was on the road back to Cleveland. A quick trip that wasn’t even thought of when I woke up that morning. But as I mentioned there is a reason why that small quiet voice tells you to do things.
That weekend, I got complete confirmation that what I am doing and where I am at in my life is exactly where I am supposed to be. A complete peace came over me during the trip. That I was becoming who God created me to be. I have questioned going back to school, playing college soccer again, leaving corporate America, becoming an author and speaker more times than I am willing to admit. I probably question it on a weekly basis. Because to me, it doesn’t make sense. Why the hell would I leave a soon to be six figure corporate job in my mid twenties to chase an unknown? Have you ever been here? Where you are following a path that you know is right, however you have no idea where it is leading?
I like to think I know where its leading but in reality I really have no idea because I am at a place where I am completely available to what God has intended for me. Its like this weekend, I was on this path to Kentucky, I knew where I was going to physically end up, but I didn’t really know why I was going, I just knew it was right. The physical destination was Lexington, Kentucky but the real destination was peace and clarity which wasn’t discovered until I was on the way home from the event. What if I hadn’t taken this path of unknown?
Many of us want complete assurance before we step out. However, we are rewarded for our faith. Peace and clarity was only possible as a result of faith. I believe our dreams, our purpose and mission are a representation of small steps of faith. Why do we struggle with living on faith? Because its uncomfortable. Its not normal. The majority of the world around us is waiting for complete assurance. Most people want to know all the details, how everything is going to work out, before they take any action or start anything new. What I am trying to instill in you is that many times the best decisions are made in an instant and when that small quiet voice tells you to go, don’t ask why, just listen.