Your life might feel like trying to drive around the Twin Cities in the summer.  You know your destination, but as you are driving down the highway, you hit a bump, you get stuck in traffic,  you take detour after detour, you complain and wonder if you’ll ever even make it to where you want to go.

This weekend at church, my pastor challenged me about what I should do in those times when things aren’t going the way I want them to.  It’s a great perspective from Paul, a guy who was trying to share Jesus, but was thrown in jail for it.  Big detour right?  But God had a bigger plan.  

The Romans were so afraid that Paul would escape, that the palace guards took 8 hour shifts being chained to Paul.  That meant that Paul had a new person who was stuck listening to him talk about Jesus 3 times a day!  So he writes in Phillipians 1, “what has happened to me has actually served to advance the Gospel, as a result is has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”

So when you hit those detours in your life, it comes down to this:

If you can change your circumstances, do something about it.

If you can’t change your circumstances, change your perspective.