Yes, I'm singing Rascal Flatts right about now.
When I was home in May, my favorite pastor (you can follow him on social media here and here) gave an incredible illustration about life. He said that with every opportunity that God gives, there will be off-ramps.
I lived at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach for a year and a half. To get to the ocean, you take Interstate 264. As you're driving down I-264, there are many signs that say "Oceanfront." As the driver, you have the option to take any of those exit ramps; however, if you keep driving straight, the interstate completely ends at the ocean.
I think that's a lot like God's will for our lives. Too often we are willing to take exit ramps that lead us through stoplights and extra turns, instead of following Jesus straight to the fulfillment of His promise, right in the center of His will.
Today I want to encourage you to pursue God wholeheartedly. Don't get distracted by the allure of a shortcut or by the ease of disobedience. When you commit to God's will, there will definitely be times of pain as you are growing... BUT God's will is worth it, God's promises are worth it, and your future is worth it. Trust God, knowing that He has the best of intentions and loves you with a fierce love.