I’m a planner. I like routine. But, i’m learning that one of the downsides of being somewhat rigid is that when one mishap occurs, everything can be thrown completely out of whack. I dealt with that a lot last week. I had my workout, healthy eating, professional grind, and self care schedule almost perfect. And then one day, all I wanted to do was binge out on snacks and watch television. So I did. And, well, you know how it goes. One day turns into two. All it takes is a small crack in the routine to cause us to break new habits we were trying to form and go back to old the way things used to be.
We’ve all been there. You were working so hard to do things differently. Then one day, it was easier to take the old road you used to travel and now you look around and you find yourself deep in that familiar place you were fighting so hard to get away from.
If you are there right now I want to encourage you. You don’t have to stay there. Mistakes and missteps are part of the journey. When we find ourselves on life’s detours we can let them defeat and distract us or we can allow them to strengthen our will to get back on track. I love Romans 5. It tells us that our trials and tribulations develop our endurance and our endurance develops strength of character. Ultimately, the decision about what we develop is in our hands. I don’t know which area of your life you feel you may have fallen down. But, it happened. Get back up. Don’t stay there. You can do this. Speak this over your life: when I fall, I get back up!
Fall down 7 times, get up 8.