I hate being stuck in a rut, and yet, it’s so hard to get out. For some reason, I often think that being stuck in a rut is like being stuck in quicksand. I’m afraid of making any moves because I think things are just going to get worse.
I know I’m not the only one with this problem. Why do we let ourselves stay stuck? Maybe it’s because once upon a time, we made a move and we got hurt. Maybe we’re just paralyzed by the fear of making a big mistake. Maybe we’re just too numb, too overwhelmed, or too tired. Maybe it’s all of the above.
“One thing that is self-evident about God is that He is not into stagnation.”
-Michael Dye, The Genesis Process
This weekend, I found myself faced with two choices: I could start blogging again, even though it’s been so long since I last blogged and I had no idea what I was going to write…or I could continue to let myself be stopped by the multiple excuses swirling around in my head. The truth is that these past few months, I’ve been wanting to blog, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
So I figured that I could continue to think about blogging and feel bad about not doing anything about it, or I could just keep on typing–hoping and believing that as I put my thoughts down, they’ll somehow make sense.
Lately, I’ve been learning (or more accurately, I’ve been “re-learning”) the importance of breaking out of my normal routines and comfort zones and taking steps of faith. It’s a new year, and if I want to experience new things, I need to take those little steps. I get too bogged down with thinking of what could possibly go wrong, but I can also get too obsessed with what could possibly go right. What I really need to do is take one step at a time, stop stressing over the possible results, see what happens next, and just have faith.
But it all starts with one little step. Here’s mine.
If there’s one step that you feel you need to take today, what would it be?