Have you had that kind of moment when your brain and your heart and your soul all join together to get your attention shouting “Hey, there, Buttercup! Let’s get back on track, shall we?”
Yeah. Me too.
Your tension-fused emotions are driving your actions and they are making everyone around you – and you – feel like they’ve entered the Twilight Zone. Your need for comfort food has hit new proportions. The couch has become a permanent home and TV reruns are your best friends. Scrolling Facebook and Instagram are stealing precious hours from things that matter most.
Sometimes, you need to begin again.
So then. Do that.
Stop. Pause. Begin again.
Here are three reminders to help get you back on track.
Stop looking at all the ways you’ve messed up in the past.
“This is what God says, the God who built a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves … ‘Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.’” (Isaiah 43:16, 18-19) (MSG)
Focusing on your mess-up will not move you forward. You will stay stuck. And miserable. So, don’t stay there. Look at what can-be.
Pause and ask for and receive the forgiveness your heart needs.
This includes forgiving those who have hurt you, God’s forgiveness, and forgiving yourself.
“Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” (Matthew 6:12)
Your heart may need some time to really sort through what’s going on inside you right now – reading the Bible and having some straight talk with The One Who Loves You Most. But don’t waste another precious moment of life waiting for “more time” to sit with Him to seek His forgiveness. Pray that verse now as you read. Ask for forgiveness. Now. You can’t start again if you take the guilt and sin with you.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (NLT)
Do you see what this means? God will ALWAYS let us start again. His mercy, grace, forgiveness, and great love for us are available every single moment of our life. But it’s up to us to receive them.
If it feels like God moved to a new zip code … think again. He hasn’t. He is right with you, waiting to walk with you, talk with you, and help you get out of the rut. But you need to invite Him into this moment.
You can change the trajectory of your day right now. And changing how you go into today will change your life.
Take a deep breath.
Stop and shift your attention from the past to what can-be.
Pause and ask for forgiveness.