Today’s PrayerPoint ~ How did I get here?
There have been many times I have asked myself this question, particularly as I was analyzing a challenging moment in my life like a:
- bad grade
- financial problem
- relationship challenge
- unhealthy behavior
- sick feeling in my gut
Can you relate? Are you where you want to be? Do you have any thoughts on why you are where you are? Are there things you want or need to change?
Sometimes I ran to the unfortunate places I have gone. Sometimes it was a little “indiscretion” that was a tiny step by tiny step progression until I landed squarely where I ended up. On occasion it was someone who seemed healthy or trustworthy who influenced my path but I continued the journey as I worked my way through some distorted understanding of myself and the world. Unchecked emotions or behavior has led me to difficult places. And sometimes it took a long while to extricate myself from those spots.
Changing bad habits is difficult and demanding work. I know because I have worked on a few in my day. If you find yourself in a place you wish you were not you might want to incorporate a few of the following ideas:
- Take an honest look at your situation.
- Confess your issues to God and ask for His help
- Find a healthy accountability partner with whom you can be completely honest
- Visit with your pastor
- Join a support group
This may sound crazy but there are times when others may not be supportive while you work on your bad behavior. Others close to you might not be happy with efforts and they may actually try to sabotage your progress but keep moving to a healthier place.
We are all in process. We all have things to work on. Some of it is big stuff and some of it is fine-tuning some little stuff. If you have ever worked on a big thing please have compassion on those who are in the middle of their big project. You likely are able to offer some hope to someone just beginning his/her journey of change. A little encouragement can go a long way for someone who is downtrodden by the weight of his/her sin and the consequences of bad choices.