Nobody plans on getting to the end of their life with a list of regrets. But inevitably stuff happens along our course of life that has the potential to knock us off-track and leave us with the taste of regret. Here are three keys to avoid that.

“Oh that my steps might be steady,

Keeping to the course YOU set;

Then I’d never have any regrets.”

David, Warrior King, Friend of God

1. Stay On The Course GOD Set For You

Often we can get moved off-course because we are afraid of what others would think say about our direction. Alternatively we out-source our intimacy and authority to another individual or organization, seemingly more ‘spiritual’ or with greater vision than ourselves. We then hide our decision under the pretense of serving. Stop it. Jesus removed the intermediaries. You have direct access. Just ask. Never stop serving; but never stop stewarding the course God has given YOU to walk.

“You’re blessed when you stay on course

Walking steadily in the road revealed by God.

You’re blessed when you follow His directions,

Doing your best to find Him.”

2. Stay Light – Free From Offense

It is inevitable that not all your expectations will be met along your course of life. Trials will happen. You will go through difficulty, disappointment, misunderstanding, and opposition… especially if you have BIG dreams. Don’t be surprised. Don’t allow the disappointment to result in offense and then the weight of offense tip you off-balance – off-course. Stay light. Keep short accounts. Forgive quickly. Let it go. Keep walking.

3. Stay Connected

No one is ever meant to walk alone. If your dreams can be achieved on your own, they are too small. You were born for community and you will never become all God made you to be if you walk alone. When you are isolated you are vulnerable. Stay in community. Stay connected. Get known. Be vulnerable and authentic in building relationships of trust. If someone disagrees with you or gives you feedback you don’t like, don’t use that as an excuse to ‘go it alone.’ That is a victim mentality fueled by rejection. Rather reprogram the message “They love me. This is helping me grow.” Spit out the bad, hold onto the good. Stay on course!

A great resource to further help on this topic is Danny Silk’s book, Keep Your Love On: Connection, Communication and Boundaries.

“That’s right – you don’t go off on your own;

You walk straight along the road He set.”

““Oh that my steps might be steady,

Keeping to the course You set;

Then I’d never have any regrets.”

Psalm 119:1-7 MSG

Which key resonates the most with you right now?

What will you do about that?

Andy Mason comes from New Zealand and has 15+ years experience helping individuals and organizations discover and align with purpose, then develop practical steps to make dreams a reality.He has worked for a national consultancy firm and leading financial institution as well as investing in international community development.Andy is the director of Heaven in Business and together with his wife, Janine, leads Dream Culture – a movement catalyzing people to discover and live their dreams. Andy and Janine live with their four children in Redding, CA. For more see www.AndyandJanine.com.

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