I have been reading Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It is a fantastic book about habits and our need to master them so that we can produce the kind of life that we desire. It has been both hysterical and frightening to see the results of her research and see myself in it. Yikes!
This morning at church, my pastor spoke on ruts and how difficult it can be to get out of them. Most of the time, it requires such effort and focus to exit a rut that we just end up staying where we are. It is amazing to me that we can enter a rut with little effort and thinking, but it requires herculean strength to get out. If you are interested, you can listen to the message here.
One of his key points was this:
What you think is what you speak. What you speak is what you do.
We end up becoming what we think. There is great power in this…we can literally reshape our future by changing our thinking and aligning our thoughts with all that God says about us. But there is also great danger in it as well. We can sleep walk through life and never even crack the surface of our potential. If we are truly honest, most of us go through the vast majority of every day never thinking about what we are doing…we are simply doing what we always do.
We get up. Have coffee. Shower. Eat. Brush teeth. Drive to work. Work. Eat lunch. Drive home. Make dinner. Eat. Watch tv. Go to bed. Repeat. No thinking required.
A truth that I learned while attending an addiction recovery group a few years ago is this: Nothing changes until something changes. Ever. If you are unhappy with where you are or where you are going, then something needs to change. It doesn’t have to be something huge, but it has to be something. And it has to change. Now. Not tomorrow.