Sometimes in life the best solution is a reset. Especially for those of us who do our best to live a real and authentic life.
reset :: to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way
Because sometimes life can get way out of hand.
You might already know I’m all about living a real and authentic life. There’s a part of us that desires to avoid showcasing our weaknesses. Who wants to look weird or strange, or worse yet, a mess to the rest of the world? Yeah, me neither. So, we tend to hide the ugly parts of our lives. Or try to, anyway. But sometimes, God uses the ugly parts of life to bring about good for ourselves and others.
It’s been a month since I’ve logged in and written anything here. Yes, I took a month off of writing to get myself back on track. After my last post on June 12, I realized I was smack-dab in one of those ugly parts of life. I had lost my focus. I felt discombobulated and in a fog. Life was spinning nearly out of control over here, and I didn’t like the way I felt. I needed to pump the brakes and stop the madness.
A break was long overdue.
I had ignored the signs way too long. My eating habits took a nosedive as my no-longer-fitting clothes revealed that reality. Exercise became a chore. Sleep eluded me. Numbness filled my insides and my smile made less of an appearance. I felt distant from God and from most everyone else. I could no longer just “power through.” I needed to make some changes, and quickly.
At that point in time, my job was coming to an end. So, I did what was necessary to walk it to the finish line with integrity. As I crossed over that finish line, however, I laid that job down and walked away. Filled with apprehension and excitement, I began a journey of personal renewal.
Even though 2019 has been challenging for me thus far, it’s also been a year of spiritual growth. After closing the door to some unhealthy habits and thoughts, I was forced to look within, outward, and upward with fresh eyes. I’ve been compelled to trust God in ways I’ve never had to trust Him before. It’s been a year of complete surrender and uncharted territories, and friend, what I thought I knew about myself, my faith, and my God, has been completely altered (in a good way).
It’s no coincidence REVIVE is my #oneword for 2019.
revive :: to return to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, or a flourishing condition.
REVIVE has been my word of healing, restoration, hope, and direction. God has used this word powerfully in my life so far this year, as He is reviving every area of my life. Every area. And most importantly, He’s reviving me. The real me. And, even though that my sound adventurous and wonderful, it’s also been a little scary and uneasy.
And now that my month off is over, it’s time for a reset.
We press a reset button when an appliance goes berserk. We reboot a computer when it doesn’t start correctly. Sometimes in life we need a reset button, too. A reset can help us begin afresh. It helps us make adjustments to the original plan. It helps to point us in a new or different direction. A reset is timely for me now after a break in the action.
Jesus is helping me reset. If my reset button had a name, it would be Jesus.
For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life: he even shares his own glory and his own goodness with us!2 Peter 1:3 TLB
This reset is helping me make some adjustments and is guiding me as I set new healthy habits and boundaries. I’m eating differently. I find exercise a joy again. My sleep is returning. I’m back to spending dedicated time in prayer and reading God’s Word. And, since my job has ended, my routine has changed. That still feels a bit strange, but I’m trusting God to help me walk this season out joyfully and victoriously.
Maybe you could use a reset, too. Friend, maybe your plan could benefit from an adjustment. Or maybe you feel it’s time to change directions. The thing I’m finding is, you’ll know when it’s time to hit the reset button. You’ll know when it’s time to make some changes. And if that time is now, please know I’m praying for you and am cheering you on.
You are a blessing my friend. I appreciate you allowing me to share even the ugly parts of life with you.