A rut,"Is a pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.”
I hate ruts.
We all get stuck in them and sometimes they are hard to get ourselves out of. It is easy to get stuck in the mundane and to forget your goal and purpose. As a stay-at-home Mama with a small child, I battle weekly with the ‘rut monster’. I wake up, feed the toddler, clean-up meals, play baby dolls, do laundry, clean the house, meal prep, and the list goes on and on day in and day out. I know that everyone in each stage of their life gets stuck in at least one or two ruts. Often, I have to stop in the midst of the diaper changing and terrible tantrums and remind myself of my purpose and my calling to avoid getting stuck in a rut that will waste precious time in my life. I bet in the midst of your daily life stresses that you too have to stop and remind yourself of the end goal in mind. Or maybe I will encourage you today to stop and remember your purpose and calling.
God wants us to live a joy filled life where we thoroughly enjoy our lives and are always drawing our strength from HIM. Sure, each daily task we complete won’t be loads of fun and some days will just be tough, but HE wants us to continually ask HIM for help and let HIM give us a deep drive and passion for whatever season HE has us in.
Recently, I had to give myself a pep talk as I found myself stuck in a rut. I had a particularly rough week where my mindset was off and I was unmotivated and I just felt stuck. This is what came to my mind, It is okay to have a bad day, cry, get off course a little, but it is not okay to unpack there and wallow in it. You have to get up and ask God to give you the strength to keep going despite the way you may be feeling at the moment.
Life can be hard and full of days where we don’t want to keep going and where staying in our rut seems like a good, safe idea. We think that our rut is just the new 'normal' and we trick ourselves into thinking that we don't need to move on or keep going.
Maybe you have gotten off course and have forgotten your purpose and have forgotten to lean on God through all of life’s ups and downs. The best thing you can do is make sure your mindset is healthy. A healthy mindset will get you out of a rut and keep you out of them as you walk through each season of life.
How is your mind?
What are your day-to-day thoughts?
Our mind is powerful. It is easy to get in a ‘rut’ in our minds and when we lose track of our minds the rest of our body gets the ‘blahs’. When our mindset is ‘poor me’ or when we start comparing our lives to others we get into dangerous waters. The Bible covers the state of our mind a lot and instructs us to keep our mind healthy.
Philippians 4:8 KJV says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true; whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Romans 12:2 KJV says,“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
God wants us to keep our mind on HIM and our thoughts should be on ‘honest, lovely, true, just, and pure things’. A majority of the time, a rut starts in our minds and a small change of mindset will get us back on track to loving and living the life God has so graciously given us.