It is a phrase that I learned over 36 years ago from a chiropractic consultant, Dr. Jim Parker. He even made it up into a little plaque to hang on our office wall. It wasn’t a long drawn out statement, in fact, it was rather short. Out of all of the different success principles I had learned, it is probably one with one of the biggest punches. Believe me, in my study of success, I have heard a lot of statements, but this one will literally change your life and the course of your path. Are you ready?
“IF IT’S TO BE….IT’S UP TO ME”. I told you it was short and to the point. The fact is, if you can catch this one statement, it will simplify your journey of success. Why? For a lot of people, they spend years trying to find someone or something to hitch their wagon to, to make them successful. But there is no magic hitch. There is no wagon to jump onto. YOU ARE THE WAGON….and there is no horse to hitch up to! Some folks want their momma or daddy to give them everything so that they don’t have to do a darn thing but just spend money. That doesn’t work either. If it’s to be…its up to me!
I spent a number of years waiting for God to do something “on my behalf”. I wanted there to be some mystical sign in the sky to tell me which road to take. I was almost paralyzed by the thought that there is “one perfect will of God”. Imagine that? There was the perfect will of God for my life and if I happen to be at the beach when He handed out that paper, my life was ruined. You know what happens when someone is a quadrapalegic don’t you? They simply cannot move anything on their own. They require someone to move them around. That’s how it is when you are paralyzed by the fear of “being out of the will of God”. You feel like you cannot make a decision….you are afraid to make a decision, so you make none at all. You see, somewhere in the world of screwed up thinking, no decision is better than a wrong decision. WRONG.
Here is the amazing thing…God does have the perfect will for you. It is found in Jeremiah 29:11. “For i know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. God has knitted into the fabric of your life, the plans for your life. You have seen them. You know, when you were a little child and you had a “crush” on certain things. You know, like writing, or playing the piano or helping people. You absolutely LOVE those things. It is different for everyone….but you know. Those are the little “likes” begin to draw you into the areas where you feel “home”. Sometimes I think people think they are a puppet and God has the strings to control you. Nope. God speaks into your heart the plans He has for you. In fact it started before you were born! Then He simply gives you the go ahead to follow your dream.
Now, you are in the drivers seat. If you have a car full of gas, the keys, a map and your friend says, “come and see me”. You simply get in the car and go. You don’t sit in there for hours pondering this trip. You don’t wait for God to throw the car in drive and then He takes the wheel and makes all the turns. No. You get in and do it. If you want to get to your friends house, “it’s up to you”. You drive. You steer. You just go.
Welcome to your life. Get in the car seat and begin to drive towards the dream that is already in your heart. Here’s the good news, make a wrong turn? Your internal GPS will kick in and get you back on track. Enjoy the trip!