We've all had the experience of putting something together only to have to take it apart and start over. That's ok if it's only a gas grill, but it's not okay if it's your life.
Your career . . . Your marriage . . . Your dreams . . .
How do you break the cycle of mistakes and failed attempts? In this 4-part series, Andy Stanley offers practical advice to ensure that the next time won't be like the last time. DOWNLOAD ONLY
Part 1 - Three Myths (Andy Stanley)
Many of us don’t like to follow directions. But there’s a price to pay for rushing into a situation without knowing what we’re doing. We get things wrong. And by the time we go back, undo everything we messed up, and then do it correctly, we’ve wasted more time than if we’d just followed the directions to begin with.
The consequences are usually mild when we ignore the directions for repairing a computer or assembling a child’s toy. But the price of rushing into a life situation can be steep. What if there were directions for the choices we make in life? What if we could avoid repeating past mistakes when we find ourselves starting over? Romans 8:28
Part 2 - Own It (Andy Stanley)
One reason history repeats itself is that we don’t own our part of our history. And the reason you don’t own it is there’s nothing to own—it wasn’t your fault! But if something important has come to an end and you are starting over, you must look back and own your part in order to move ahead. Your best bet for a successful future is to own your share of the past. Genesis 1:27-28, 3:8-13; Matthew 5:8
Part 3 - Rethink It (Andy Stanley)
We learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least. We repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Too often, we look at our pasts and our decisions don’t even make sense to us. We end up asking, “What was I thinking?”
How do we avoid getting stuck in cycles of repeated mistakes that take our lives down the wrong path? Romans 12:2
Part 4 - Release It (Andy Stanley)
We all have mistakes in our pasts—financial, professional, academic, relational. Unfortunately, we tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Sometimes that’s because we avoid owing our part of a mistake. It’s easier to blame others.
But once you’ve taken ownership of your part of a mistake, what do you do with the part owned by others? How do you get past the stuff other people have done to turn your life upside down? Ephesians 4:26-32