I recently have been feeling out of sync. If I can be 100% honest, the past 3-4 months have been very difficult for me. If you are thriving and living your best life during this pandemic, I’m glad for you. I don’t have much to complain about. My husband’s job is going well, my business is doing well, the kids are happy, our home is getting some much needed attention and we’ve actually had a nice time spending more time together.
But I would be lying to you if I said everything was gravy. In truth, my health and fitness have slipped, my routines have taken a backseat, and despite all of this new found free time, my spiritual life has begun to suffer a bit. I had begun to get a little down and caught up in my emotions when I remembered a verse found in the book of Revelation.
3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for mynames sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. –Revelation 2:3-5
Jesus had just finished telling the church at Ephesus that he knew they were working hard and fighting evil. He praised them for their endurance and patience, but he had a fault against them. In some way, they had veered off course from where they had started. They had forgotten the love they had when they started.
You know that excitement you get when you’re trying a new diet or a new habit? If you’re anything like me, you make lists and charts and goals and I like to make everything cute and colorful! The first couple weeks or months, everything is going well, until somethings happens. An unexpected event (um, can you say all of 2020!), a sickness, a setback can easily turn into the one thing that sends your goals onto the path of complacency. One missed workout becomes two. Two missed days of prayer becomes a week, and so on.
What I love about our example and savior Jesus Christ, is that he didn’t come to condemn us. He didn’t come to throw our failures and shortcomings into our faces. He always gives us a way back. He reminds the church to look back at where they were, repent (turn around), and do what they did before. It’s that simple.
I mentioned I had been struggling lately with everything going on in our world. (If you are reading this in 2126, just google it. Everything was breaking!) I like to journal so I went back to see what I was doing when I felt the best. October 2019 I ran by first half marathon. I felt healthy, I was making time for God, we were being diligent with our finances. I took note of everything I was doing to allow me to be the best version of myself.
Now, I’m putting into practice the advice from Jesus. I’m not going to wallow and complain about where I am. I’m going to remember, repeat and redo! Where in your life do you need to make a turn around? Don’t wait for a new year, a new month or even a new day! Start right now. Go for a walk! Have a salad for lunch! Read the book for Ephesians today! Know that God is on your side and has given you the capacity to reach for everything you desire.