Last Sunday, my running buddy and I were planning to do a twelve mile run.
People who are dumb enough to train for a marathon have to do stuff like that.
I have never been so happy to wake up to thunder, lightning, and rain.
I laid in bed.
I reveled in the cloudy day.
It was glorious.
I didn’t run.
I got off of my routine.
I was a slacker.
Then came Monday. My typical “rest day”. Even though I had totally rested all day Sunday, I copped out and rested Monday too.
Yup. Tuesday was supposed to be my get-it-together day.
No get-it-together happened. I slept in and figured I’d be back with the plan on Wednesday.
Ya’ll know what happened.
No running Wednesday either.
This theme has basically continued for the entire week.
Not only that… but I’ve been completely failing with the food all week too. I’m appalled.
The crack in the Chick-Fil-A nuggets called out to me and I succumbed. Then last night was an emotional day around our house and Haagen Dazs seemed like the answer to all of our problems.
We added oreos and pecans to make sure that we’d feel better.
So all of that to say.
I’ve been stuck.
All week long I’ve not been living out the picture of health that I feel so passionate about and that I’ve spent the last two years being so focused on doing well.
And I don’t like feeling stuck.
Sometimes our walk with Christ is like this.
We are on a mission. We are passionate about His calling for our lives and we want to live for Him well. We have lots of days, months, or even years of fair consistency and we can look back with humility and a sense of satisfaction at the work He has done in our hearts.
We encourage others. We lead in our homes, churches, or communities with vigor and what appears to be God-given strength.
And then we hit a slump.
We have one bad day followed by another and before we know it, we look up and realize that we’ve had a string of not-so-great days, complete with bad choices, and a trail of guilt to boot.
We are stuck.
This Sunday me and my running buddy are scheduled to make up our missed run.
I have an opportunity get unstuck.
The truth of the matter is we all have an opportunity to get unstuck.
Every day we have an opportunity to step forward in a new day and with each step create more distance between our tomorrows and our days gone by.
Are you stuck?
Maybe you’ve been stuck with a bad attitude.
Maybe you’ve been stuck in a cycle of bad habits.
Maybe you’ve been stuck making a series of bad choices.
Maybe you are stuck in a bad relationship, or at a bad job, or in a bad neighborhood.
Here’s the good news.
You don’t have to stay stuck.
God has given you everything you need to move forward.
When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive – right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, 14 the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. Colossians 2:13-14
You can make choices to change things.
And where you can’t your circumstances you can absolutely change your attitude about where you physically have to be.