Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Complacency, Distractions, and Regret

Everybody gets stuck once in a while. I remember getting getting a lawnmower, tractor, backhoe, and bulldozer all stuck in the same day - don't ask.  Anyway...I'm talking about getting spiritually stuck.  Here are some tips on not getting your spiritual life stuck in 2011.

1. Complacency
Sometimes (we think) it is easier to stay stuck than to move forward.  Change can be hard.  Whether it is positive or negative change, it can be difficult to move forward through change. We get comfortable with familiar and detest the unknown.  We tolerate instead of create.  Don't be complacent this next year.  Move forward.

2. Distractions
It is like Spiritual ADD.  We hop from one thing to the next and never develop a discipline or full understanding in any area spiritually.  What are the major things Christ wants to do in your life?  Don't know?  What has he called you to?  What are you passionate about?  What does His word say you should be doing?  We avoid making major adjustments in life because we are too busy with insignificant ones.   Stop avoiding and diverting your attention from God's main callings.  What are you doing that really doesn’t matter at all?  Don't let distractions keep you from God's best in 2011.

3. Regrets
I think this one only applies to 1 out of 1 people. Everyone has regrets, but they can leave you immobile and cause you to abandon your calling. Regrets can often overpower ambition and desire. Regret can leave you paralyzed and fearful of advancing.  Don't let past failure keep you from future success. 

If you don't want to stay stuck, then put your life in gear, get out of neutral and PUSH!  Don't abandon the vehicle God has put you in because of complacency, distractions, or regrets. What shift are you supposed to make to get your life in gear?  Pray this to get started:

"God, I desire to move ahead at your speed, in your direction.  I desire to transition spiritually and do not want to become stuck."

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."  - 1 Peter 1:3

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