Breaking Free from the Mundane


Unfortunately I forgot to put the trash out this past week, so I had to take the trash to the dump on Saturday afternoon. When I pulled up to the dump, everyone was lined up in the right lane. Meanwhile the left lane had no cars in it. I’ll have to admit at first I pulled right up behind the last car in the right lane, but once I noticed what was going on, I moved over to the left lane and passed everyone on the right. I dropped off my trash and, as I was leaving, everyone was still lined up in the right lane while no one was in the left lane.

It is human nature to follow. We don’t ask questions. We don’t look around to see what is going on. Most of the time we don’t even think for ourselves. We just take our spot in line with everyone else. It’s almost if we are programmed that way. As if it’s built into our inherent nature. Why is that? Why would we rather follow suit instead of breaking free from the pattern and process?

One reason is the theory of the “path with least resistance vs. path less traveled.” We would rather follow everyone else down the path that is comfortable, familiar, and least painful. It takes courage, faith, and a lot of intestinal fortitude to travel down the path that is uncertain, painful, and full of obstacles. It’s a whole lot easier to follow the pattern than to blaze your own trail.

The problem with this line of thinking and way of living is, as crazy as it sounds, we weren’t created to fit in but we were made to stand out. 1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The word “holy” means “set apart.” We were created to think outside of the box. There were no boundaries, limits, or any ceiling put on our lives. We are free to stand out and not forced to try to fit in.

Quit settling for the mundane. Quit following down the predictable path just because that is the journey that everyone is on. Break free from the mold. Blaze your own trail. Take a step of faith today.




Take a Look Back

looking back over shoulder

My wife and I are in the process of trying to become debt free. If you have ever done this, you know that sometimes the journey can become a little overwhelming. We have had our ups and downs so far, but we know in the long run the sacrifices and struggles that we experience during the process of getting out of debt will eventually pay off down.

Every year we set resolutions, we set goals, we set accomplishments we strive for. The majority of us end up falling short of these milestones. We give up on our resolutions after a short period of time. Why is this? Why do we tend to quit and not carry through to the finish? Why do we fall short of our goals?

I believe it has a lot to do with our perspective. We tend to look at how big our problem is instead of how big our God is. We set our eyes on our problems instead of fixing them on the problem solver. So often we find ourselves overwhelmed because our view of our situation and circumstances is misconstrued.

Every now and then along the journey, it’s good to take a look back over your shoulder to see how far you have traveled. Many times we are so focused on how much further we have left to go that we forget how far we’ve come and what we had to go through to get to where we are. We get so occupied with the distance between us and the finish line that we lose sight of the distance we have already covered.

If we would just pause and take some time to reflect on all the hurdles and road blocks that we got through to get to where we are, we would gain the strength and fortitude to continue on to the finish. If we would just look back at how far we have already traveled, the distance we have left to reach our goals wouldn’t look so daunting anymore.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, if you’re feeling discouraged, if you’re thinking about giving up; I encourage you to pause and take some time to look back on all the obstacles that you’ve already overcome, reflect on the distance that you’ve already traveled, take a peek back over your shoulder on how far you’ve come. Then you’ll see that what you have left to go isn’t as bad as you thought it would be.

Genie in a Bottle

Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.

– Alexander Woollcott

I want to make this point first before I get going. In no way am I downplaying the importance and power of prayer in this post because I am a believer in prayer. 

With that said, I do believe we use prayer as a crutch. We tend to look at God like He is a genie in a bottle waiting for us to rub some lamp in order for Him to appear and grant us three wishes. We use prayer as an avenue to communicate to God our wishes hoping that He will make them come to pass. 

My fear is, like the quote by Alexander Woollcott above, that we will miss out on what God has for us because instead of jumping into action we lean on the crutch of prayer. We waste our time wishing instead of getting busy working. 

It’s my experience that the majority of the time we aren’t waiting on God to move but in fact God is waiting on us. God has already done His part, we have to do our part. We don’t have to sit around wishing and praying for a move of God, we are a move of God.

How much time have you wasted because you have been wishing for something you could have already had if you would have gotten to work? Don’t forget to pray, but don’t be afraid to also put your hands to the plow. There is nothing wrong with wishing but dreams only become realities when you are willing to get your hands dirty. Get up. Get going. And get after it.

Secret Ingredient 

I had a friend send me this story and I thought it would be great to share.

This is a great illustration to put plainly how God works in our lives. Just like the deacon wasn’t necessarily thrilled with the ingredients used in making biscuits, we aren’t necessarily excited about certain situations and circumstances that take place in our lives. Just like when you throw all the ingredients to make biscuits in a bowl it doesn’t look pretty, the circumstances or situations that happen in our lives don’t appear great either. 

The hope that we have is that God will take all those things in our lives and turn it into something so much better than we could even imagine. Romans 8:28 says that God takes all things that happen in our lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly; and turns them into something great. He takes our ashes and turns them into beauty. He takes our sorrow and turns it into joy. He takes our pain and turns it into a platform. 

Just like there is a process in making biscuits, there is a process that takes place in our lives. I’m not much of a chef or baker, so don’t judge me on my explanation of the process of making biscuits. With that said the process, in simplistic form, is you have to gather the ingredients, then you put them all together in a bowl, then you mix them, them you separate them on a baking pan, then you put them in the oven. Some parts of this process aren’t pretty and some might be even quite painful, but the end product turns out delicious.

I don’t know the situation that you’re going through. I don’t know the circumstances in your life. I don’t know your story. But I do know the One who does. And I know that He has a plan and a purpose for your life. The stuff that you go through isn’t by accident. The process may not look pretty, it might even at sometimes be painful, but the end result will always turn out better than you could even imagine. Trust God that He is going to take all the ingredients in your life, the ones you like and even the ones you don’t necessarily care for, and turn them into something amazing. The secret ingredient is knowing that the Creator will create something amazing because He knows what is best and wants what is best for His creation.

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