“What does ‘stuck mean?” “It means I should make some big decision, I should do some enormous thing. And I can’t do anything. I can’t stand my life, and I can’t change it.” “Maybe it’s not an enormous thing,” he says. “Maybe you have to do one small thing and then another small thing.” A.M. Homes, Music for Torching
You are only confined by the walls you build yourself
‘Don’t build a wall around your own suffering or it may devour you from the inside.’ Frida Kahlo
Being in a rut is continually recycling unhealthy habits, addictions, obsessions, attitudes, sufferings and/or unhealthy thoughts. It is a product of nonproductive behavior that has become a way of life, such as a boring routine; a humdrum existence; bad habits; procrastination; complacency. Building walls around these habits will develop strongholds which are causing you to be stuck in a rut.
Mind over matter
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2b NIV).
‘You’ve got to win in your mind before you win in your life.’ Zig Ziglar
Mind over matter is used to describe a situation in which someone is able to control a physical condition, problems, etc., by using the mind to keep going even when you are tired, sick and worn out. The mind is a very powerful source and so is our will use it to live a meaningful, productive life. ‘The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.’ A.R. Bernard
‘Put on the new man by renewing your mind with God’s Word and submitting your body to the authority of that Word.’ J.B Joshua
What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?
Transformation through a renewed mind simply means that we look at what God has to say and renew our way of thinking to His. I believe that if we walk in the truth we will be set free of the rut we are stuck in. The source of all truth is found only in Jesus Christ and His revealed Word, the Bible. There are no shortcuts in getting out of the rut you have put yourself in. No magic formulas for renewing your mind. We must be humble and obedient. We must have God sanctify us in the truth. As Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth” (John 17:17). The joy of living comes by a daily renewing of the mind in accordance to God’s will.
It is great to be alive
“Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7 NKJV).
“Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour, Remembering that there will also be many dark days And the most of what comes your way is smoke” (Ecclesiastes 11:8 The Message). Another way of saying, ‘Don’t burn daylight, the days are short.’
‘God I need you. I can’t do this alone.’ Author Unknown
This is not to ignore the fact that many have had some rough roads and traumatic experiences in life; abuse, rejection, abandonment, neglect, physical ailments and so on, but with Christian counseling, medical attention, empowerment of the Holy Spirit and with help from support groups these experiences can be healed and overcome. Those dark days will turn into a brighter outlook as you allow God’s love and His truth in.
The main message from Ecclesiastes 11:7,8 is to get out of your rut and enjoy life now, not later. Don’t just drift through life, pursue it. Turn your mind on new activities and new ideas and your attitude will change. Don’t just stand around doing nothing. Don’t drift like a log at sea. Be passionate and intentional about living. Pursue life. Have God breath new life into your heart. Don’t stay stuck in a rut. God, the Master, told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life” (Ezekiel 37:5:6a The Message).
‘Life is for living not for being stuck in a rut of complacency where normality consists of the mundane.’ Steven Redhead, Life Is a Dance