There is a Hole in Your Sidewalk

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How many times have you said, "Someday?"

Someday, I will start that new hobby. Someday, I will get control of my time. Someday, I won't be so busy. Someday, we'll get to take that trip. Someday, I will take good care of myself.

Yup, me too. The problem is that "someday" never comes. If you and I don't decide to take what we value and make those things our priorities, well...no one is going to do that for us. We will always live in a "someday" world.

Doesn't that sound insane?? Why would we choose to stay stuck? Yet, many of us do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. We are desperate for things to be different in our lives, yet we don't do anything to change. We get stuck in the same habits of thinking, acting and being, and repeat the cycle over and over again. We sincerely want healing and wholeness but insanity rules and we expect change to somehow just happen.

The more I look back on my struggles to live fully as the person God has called me to be, the more I realize that most of the time it was because I refused to take ownership and make a different choice. I blamed others and gave a million excuses. I kept praying, "change me, Lord," except I was not willing to change.

If you keep falling into the same pattern of thinking, being and doing, then my friend, there is a hole in your sidewalk.

“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn't my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”

-Portia Nelson

Some of us need to walk down a different street. It's time. There is a hole in your sidewalk and it's not going anywhere. You can listen to all the podcasts, read all the latest books, lean into every sermon, process with all your friends...but if you don't actually do anything differently, nothing will change. In order for us to live radically different, and to have healthy rhythms in life and ministry, it means that we need to embrace a new and different thought process, make different choices, and have different expectations. We can’t keep doing the same thing, living the same way and expect a different result. You must find a new way forward.

It's time to walk down another street.

I know, it's hard. Living with healthy balance and boundaries take courage. It requires the decision to trust and believe that something more is possible for you. It demands being confident that God is enough. The good news is that Jesus wants to give you life and freedom. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve operated this way, been in this situation, or what you're facing. He has the power and He has already unleashed it.

You are free to live it in.  Stand up…be brave...take courage...and walk in the freedom He gives you.

Walk down another street.

 

Before you are able to walk down a street paved with healthy rhythms of life and ministry, you need to decide and commit to doing something differently. No longer will you think that this kind of freedom in Christ will just happen. You make the decision to act. What intentional decisions do you need to make in order to walk down a different street?

 

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