Is the timing right? I don’t know, you will have to ask yourself this question.

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Timing is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself before jumping into anything in your life. Whether it be a marriage, kids, new career, starting a business, or making a move, it really doesn’t matter, just make sure you ask the question. You will be amazed at what you can learn when you actually take the time to ask the question.

Don’t feel bad if you’re horrible with this timing thing. Honestly, we all struggle with it. Just some worse than others, this includes me.

I am in my late twenties and I am just starting to figure out this whole timing thing. Who is with me? Growing up I was fearless. It started when I was about 3 years old riding dirt bikes, and it was downhill from there. Thankfully, after taking some hard falls in my life, I am starting to slow down and ask myself about this timing issue.

I think when you are young you just “jump” not thinking through any of consequences – you are fearless and ready for anything. You take a look at it, think for a moment, maybe ask yourself, “what is the worst that can happen”, and you “jump” right in.

This works when you’re young because you bounce back easier. As you get older you have to take a bit more time thinking through things and asking yourself, “Is the timing right”.

After taking some pretty hard falls in my life, I started developing a process to determine if the timing is right.

Here is my 6 step process:

1. What does God say? Take some time to pray and ask God to reveal a message or a sign. Keep in mind this will not happen overnight. You have to be patient.

2. Talk it over with your spouse. If your spouse is not on board, then the timing is probably not right.

3. Tap into your heart. Do you feel it within your heart. Maybe take some time to meditate and during deep breathing listen to your heart, it will be speaking to you. And remember this does not happen overnight either.

4. Make a list. Sit down, pull out a piece of paper and make a list. Put the positive things on one side and the negative things on the other. Look them over, review them with your spouse, and see what’s been revealed. You will almost always learn something from this.

5. Do it right or don’t do it at all. Take a close hard look at your life and determine if you can do it right. If you can’t do it right, then don’t do it at all.

6. You could still be wrong. Even when you’re absolutely sure that the timing is right – you may still be wrong. This is just the reality you have to face.

In the end the only one who knows if the timing is right is God, and you or I are God. Timing is a tough thing that we must all face – I think it is kind of fun to. I mean, what fun would it be anyways if we had all the answers?


Discussion Question: How do you determine if the timing is right in your life?