“Rut: a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.”
Unproductive. Hard to change.
When you find yourself in a rut, it doesn’t really matter what you did to get there. It’s all about what you are going to do to get you out.
So, how do you really break loose, turn around, reset, redirect? What do you do to get yourself unstuck?
When you look at a rut… It’s so often caused by the same back and forth motion. You get up your momentum, blaze the trail, and yet the further you go, despite your speed and best effort… Stuck again. Reverse- forward reverse- forward- spin the tires, fling the mud… You made it a little further than last time, but sure enough, stuck again. It feels almost the same as last time – you tried harder, but once again, it just didn’t work.
It’s the crazy cycle too many of us live in. We want change, apparently we don’t want change enough to actually change. We want different results, but as we are stuck in the cycle, we realize we don’t want it enough to stop doing the same thing.
It’s just not effective. If you are experiencing a situation where you find yourself battling the same issue, going around the same mountain, or stuck in the same crazy cycle– it may not be time to “try harder”- but rather, time to try something entirely different.
Instead of trying to use self-reliance, self-control and more effort to push thru those deep ruts, what if we simply turned around and decided to go an entirely different way? Behavior modification generally doesn’t work. Sometimes we just need change. Real change. Root change. To change the desires of our heart.
Want to get out of the rut?
Repentance refers to a sincere “turning away” from sin. It involves a change of mind that leads to a change of action. To requires making a decision, followed by numerous other decisions. Make a change that you will stop going your own way, and choose that path that will lead you closer to God.
The Eerdman’s Bible Dictionary defines repentance as “a complete change of orientation involving a judgment upon the past and a deliberate redirection for the future.”
If you want to make some real progress with whatever has you stuck in a rut, stop trying to push thru the mud and the muck… But rather, repent. Turn your heart to a softer place, and try a new direction. With His mercy, it is possible to create change. You can experience the real change, the root change. Today can be your day to ask God’s help starting a new path, one without the same old ruts.
I will if you will, and I’d love to hear about it. God can set you free; you have the power to turn from our own choices and make an entirely new path in a new direction. Email me your praise report or prayer request, I would love to connect with you and encourage you in prayer! firstname.lastname@example.org