Imagine you live in Miami, Florida and you have to get to Seattle, Washington.
You want to fly.
Flying would be quicker.
There would be less to do; fewer issues to deal with; less likelihood of being stranded in a tiny-little-nothing town like Plankinton, South Dakota.
Flying would save about 42 hours of time and therefore be more efficient.
Considering the gas it would take and damage it would do to a car to drive 3300 miles, flying would likely even save you money.
In short, flying would be the smart choice.
It would be the easy choice.
The only problem is, you don’t have a ticket and you have no way of getting one.
What you have is a car, a little bit of gas money, and a need to get to Seattle.
The point of this long-winded analogy is this:
you can either complain about not having a plane ticket and go nowhere,
or you can get started driving.
In our work toward trusting God more, there is really only one last step; one last discipline to start practicing.
It is time to move forward.
We have discussed several different practices that by themselves may seem unproductive:
- Honestly stating how you feel about God
- Removing pressure and being still
- Accepting our own powerless or limitations
- The subtle but life-changing art of gratitude
But when these things are practiced over and over and built upon one another, they give us everything we need for our last step
I was once told that life is really just some ups, some downs, and a whole lot of dull, boring, routine in the middle.
No matter how much we’d love for life to be constantly filled with new experiences, thrilling adventure, and perfect happiness, it’s mostly made up of getting through to the next day with spurts of highs and lows scattered throughout.
However, there is a wonderful beauty to the routine.
If done with intention, dull, humdrum routine can become the very thing that gives us life; the exact thing we need to get us to our destination.
So this week I’m keeping my post short and I’m leaving it at this:
Take the things we’ve discussed, and get moving.
Start a rhythm and a routine of practicing them and keep moving through life as normal.
If we do these things faithfully; if we keep going back to them even when we’ve forgotten for a day, or a week, or a month, we will always find progress.
As long as we continue to bring ourselves back to authenticity with God, letting go of pressure, accepting things we can’t change, and living with consistent gratitude, we may not feel like we are moving, but one backward glance will show that we definitely have grown;
we have left Miami and are now closer than we were last month.
This is the secret to trusting God: intentional practices, discipline, patience, and steady movement.
You are not alone on the road.
You can do it. We can help.
Just get going!
If you still find yourself wondering,
“How exactly do I start!?”
then you’re in luck!
Next week I will be releasing a package of materials, specific ideas and practices, along with a couple of special bonuses to help you get in the car and get going. If you are interested in getting this for free click here to send me an email with the title “Get Going!”