I’m sure you’ve all heard of the famous slogan “Just Do It.” It’s one that I have come to understand over the past few years and wish that other people could experience and understand the power behind it. Too many times I have watched people (including myself) just give up, or procrastinate or just simply wander around aimlessly.
When it comes to being the person you were made to be (what God created us for), it’s as simple as making the decision to do it. To breathe in and make the decision to do what you are supposed to. Maintaining a close walk with God is the first step to being able to make that choice, because without Him, you won’t be able to do anything (or at least not in the right way). I have given and I have heard all of the same excuses that keep us walking down the destructive path that we have chosen…a path away from what God desires from us.
When we see that our life just isn’t adding up to what God wants from and for us, or we are just miserable in our day to day and nothing seems to be going right, when we have reached (what seems like) our lowest point, there is one decision to make. Just do it. Make the change. Do what you are supposed to be doing. Follow Christ. Live for God. Put your fears and your worries and uncertainties into the hands of God and make the decision to do what is right. It probably won’t be a one time decision (it rarely is), it will more than likely be a choice that you will have to make on a daily basis…possibly hour to hour on those really rough days.
I have gradually been learning this lesson since my days in rehab. It helps to make a daily mental or written gratitude list. To focus on the good more than the bad. If your focus is on Christ and on God, it SHOULD be more on the good because that is all God is! Good.
Now, that’s not to say that there may be some hard core personal issues that you need to work through. But choose to do that! You may have some, or a lot of, trauma to work through. Do it! Don’t just sit and stew in your misery and continue to allow all of this hurt and sin and grudges to fester your brain and your heart. You will never get better and you will never be able to stay focused on God when you still carry all of the negative around, because sooner or later it will become the only thing that you are driven by and it will affect every corner of your life. I know this to be true because I have seen it so many times in my own life. The hard part? It’s your choice. No one can make it for you. No one can do anything to make you change your mind. It is all on you and you have to make the choice to change no matter what others have, are or will say and do. It’s not easy, but it is imperative and it is possible when you do it with the help and the heart of Christ!
There are a few sayings in AA that I really like and I have to remind myself of whenever I get into my “slumps.” That, when I try to take the controls and do what I think is best, I can be lying in the gutter and still looking down on the world. I need to look for a way in and not for a way out, and I am here for reason…not just for a season. Things will never go the way I want them to. I am not in charge and I have no ultimate control of what is going to happen because I can’t control what others do or say. However, I can control myself by making the choice to follow Christ. It’s like knowing whether you’re going to heaven or hell when you die. Well…if you haven’t placed your faith in God and haven’t accepted Jesus as your savior and chose to walk in his footsteps, then the answer is easy. You can not get to heaven without him.
I can not be the person I dream of being if I do not place my trust in God’s commandments and in Christ’s example EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. Living with myself and with others in the spirit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Kindness and Self-Control. If I can live with these fruits in my day to day, no one will ever be able to dispute or bring up a valid argument or grudge against it. The only way I can live each 24 hours in the spirit of these fruits is by making the choice to. I have to just do it, regardless. Just like taking that first step to accept Christ in the first place, I had to just do it. No one could do it for me, it wasn’t pending on my past or how others have affected me. It had nothing to do with how much or how little I knew. It was all on me.
When I die, God isn’t going to look at my past and be like….”Well….I see where you were raped multiple times, and here where it says you were bullied for years and, wow! This one where you were in a couple abusive relationships. Yeah, you definitely had every right to become the person you were. We’ll just blame the other person for those things.” You think He did that for Adam when he blamed his wife for handing him the apple and he CHOSE to take a bite? When Eve blamed the serpent and she CHOSE to eat the apple? I mean come on! God was right there with them and they chose to do the ONE thing that was against His will. God is ever present and he doesn’t blame shift. You have a choice and He expects you to make the right one. To do what He has told you to do.
SO, what choices do you need to make? Will you choose to follow God’s commands or will you choose to keep doing what YOU think is right or easier? Will you keep blaming the other person for your actions? I know I want to stop doing those things. I want to take responsibility for my choices and the only way I can accomplish that is if I maintain my faithful walk with Christ and to make the choice to do what I know is right, regardless. It’s probably going to hurt…a LOT…sometimes, but I can rest in the assurance that when I whole-heartedly try to do these things, I am pleasing the one who’s opinion matters most. The one who is holding ME accountable.
Tags: Accountability, Choice, Commands, God, Integrity, Personal
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