There have been so many days, throughout my life, I have felt like I barely made it. Whether it was physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc., there are things that just feel so heavy it seems impossible to move forward. If we are honest with ourselves, and one another, it is impossible to say anything but...we've ALL been there! You know, those days when you are alone, your mind is playing the soundtrack of all of your inadequacies (on repeat, of course), and you think to yourself...I don't even know how to take the first step out of the miserable place where I am standing. I am alone with my burdens, guilt, and shame and no one cares - I am a failure. Has anyone else purchased this soundtrack? I would venture to say this one has been in the "Top 10" for a very long time!
I can assure you of one thing...these are all lies we tell ourselves. We are not inadequate because we are more than adequate in God's eyes. We are not alone because God is always with us, guiding us in the direction we need to go. And there truly are people who care, but it's up to you to reach out and ask for help. When you don't ask for help, you deny others the beautiful feeling people get when they do something valuable for someone else. I know you know the feeling I am talking about because you have felt it before. Unfortunately, when we take on everything, we solve nothing and when we stay in the darkness, we can't see the light.
So, how do you take that first step? Every day, you have to get up and choose to do something a little different. It's not the big steps that matter, it's an accumulation of all the small steps you take that truly make a lasting difference. Choose to step outside and take a breath of fresh air, choose to be kind to someone that is unkind, choose to forgive someone who has hurt you, choose to call a friend and invite them to dinner, choose to mix up your morning routine, choose a different route to work, choose to take 30 minutes a day for yourself, but most importantly, choose to do something every day that makes you exceptionally uncomfortable. Positive change happens in the most uncomfortable places and those are the places you will find the greatest peace. Just remember...
When you have done everything you can do, that's when God will step in and do what you can't do. - 2 Corinthians 12:10
- Stay Flawesome