We’re a few days into a new year… are you still in reflection mode? I am.
Over the last year or two, I’ve realized that for a good chunk of my life, I just kind of sat there and let things happen. I wasn’t a couch potato, by any means – I have a doctorate degree and four kids! But when it came to a lot of things, I would let other people or circumstances dictate my actions and my responses and even my attitude.
Too many of us sit on a log, holding on for dear life, while the river of life sweeps us along. Sometimes we feel powerless. But here’s your sign: you do have a choice! Get off the log and dive into the deep! At first it’s scary. It will take some planning. But you don’t have to keep waiting and watching while life whisks you away to some place you don’t want to go. You were not made to be a passive recipient of life. This is the perfect time to take action.
We often believe too many lies about our situation: we have no choice, there’s nothing I can do, this is just the way it is. Lies. We also believe too many lies about ourselves: too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too dumb, too ugly, wrong color, blah, blah, blah. More lies… Who you are is enough. You are beautiful. You don’t have to be perfect – that’s not even real. But you are loved by God, who is perfect. And that changes everything.
So what does that mean for us? So much of life is outside our control – there’s a whole lot we can’t change. But there’s a mountain of things we can! Don’t like your job? Relationship trouble? Not taking care of your body? Then take action!
It’s time to get off your log.
Your task for today is to think of one area of life where you’d like to see change and consider one practical step you can take to get you headed in the right direction. It might be as simple as putting down the Coke and drinking more water. Maybe it’s making a phone call you know is overdue. Maybe there’s an issue you need to talk to your boss about. Do you want to stay home with your kids? Look for options to make it happen and start planning. Take the step. You got this.
Now go be fierce.