Sometimes, a change of environment is exactly what you need to grow.
What started out as a 2 week fast to refocus turned into a lifestyle in a matter of 5 months. I reflect often about what has changed in my life since January and I realize that the first step I took in refocusing on God was changing my location.
Sometimes, a change of environment is exactly what you need to grow. The same week I started the fast, I attended my church's young adult bible study. Before I thought about going, I'd written these 3 words on the dry erase board in my bedroom: clarity, discernment, discipline. In bible study, we were covering the book, The Wait, by Meagan Good and Devon Franklin. The book begins with a conversation about celibacy (which I hadn't been practicing before the fast) and one part stood out to me specifically. There was a portion about how celibacy opens the door for clarity, discernment, and discipline - the exact words I wrote on my board! At that point I knew I was in the right place. I felt like God was speaking directly to me like, "Ang, this is where I need you to be!"
I realized that if my goal was to build my relationship with God, I had to adjust my location so that I could position myself to be where He needed me to be in order to grow. For me, this looked like more involvement in ministry and less activities I had no business participating in. Let's just say you won't catch me at the bar or in anyone's bed other than my own, haha!
The point is that in order to refocus, you have to consider changing up your settings! Find your location - the place that fosters your growth! If it's not encouraging you in the area(s) that you want to change, go somewhere else! Allow God to be your personal GPS - ask for His guidance and I promise He'll show you where to go. Proverbs 3:6 says, "Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take."
Now, you can find me in God's presence somewhere.People love to hit me with the "Wya, Ang? Where you been?" conversation. I'm gonna start answering, "Where He wants me to be."