• Discernment: Knowing When To Walk Away

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    How to Know When to Walk Away

    Whether it’s a relationship or a job, knowing when to quit and how to do it well makes all the difference.

    Woman Walking

    I don’t think we should stay together anymore. God is leading me in another direction.”

    This is the line I’ve used on multiple occasions to end a relationship. I might as well have gone all the way and included, “It’s not you, it’s me.”

    I knew I needed to end the relationship. Too much of me wasn’t into it anymore. But I didn’t know how to say that without being a jerk, so I used the “God card”—blaming the break-up on Him instead of me. That way, if she had a gun, she could shoot it at God instead of me.

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    Here’s the reality: I didn’t know how to end well. When I have thoughts and desires for something new, they’re difficult to deal with. When I sense that somehow God is orchestrating these desires for something new, I find it hard to decipher what exactly God is trying to accomplish.

    This convoluted mess of thoughts is where many of us sense we need to make a change, and we often end up doing stupid things like breaking up with a girlfriend using the “God card.” Even more often, we choose to hold onto everything we’re already doing, while still pursuing this new thing.

    It’s amazing that we wonder why God isn’t doing anything new. Our lives are too full.

    We continue to fill up our lives until everything begins to fall apart. In the end, we question the God who supposedly gave us these desires for something new: “It was His fault I wanted something new, and now it’s His fault my life is a mess,” or so we say to ourselves.

    You cannot change the circumstances and situations of your life unless you’re willing to quit something…

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