Four steps back to the path.

Many of my friends are making changes in their lives right now. That might include you. The change may have started because of Lent or wanting to learn a new routine, or may be the remnants of a New Year’s resolution. You may be in your last semester of college or finishing your first year on a new job. You may have made a major change in your family or in the spiritual part of your life.

And now, a week or a year or a decade in, you are wondering whether it’s working. And you are feeling, some of you anyway, like you are failing.

I know that feeling. To be a bit vulnerable, I know that feeling many days. Having made a commitment, taken a step, said “But this one thing I do“, I find my steps wandering, my plans for good being forgotten.

So here are four things I remind others of, and sometimes remember myself.

Review: Go back to the commitment. Remember why it mattered then. And still does.

Rejoice: Honestly identify the good steps that have happened. Five pounds isn’t ten, but it is five. Three days out of the last seven isn’t seven, but it’s three more than the previous week. Having a plan and starting to learn how to work it is ahead of no plan.

Repent: Acknowledge what hasn’t worked, and own the responsibility. But not as a failure, as a learner. Although I regularly describe myself as an idiot, I know I am not. I am, however, learning how to be less foolish, more obedient.

Renew: Make the commitment again, this time with the knowledge of what didn’t work the last time and what did work to give you the five pounds and three days and first draft of the plan.

4 thoughts on “Four steps back to the path.

  1. Frank Reed

    Funny how the thing I picked out of this entire post is how you call yourself and idiot while you know you are not.

    I do the same thing and I am slowly coming to the harsh realization of just how harmful something that we see as part of our humor (self deprecation) is and how it can erode our opinion of ourselves over time.

    I guess I needed to see someone else doing it to see just how much I need to do it a lot less.

    Thanks for the transparency, Jon. That’s where the real work gets done.


  2. godsbooklover

    Reblogged this on Two Heads are Better Than One and commented:
    Well it’s production week, folks, and I’m just getting home at 11:00 PM and guess what I didn’t do today? But never fear, because I’m reblogging my good friend and social media pastor Jon Swanson, one of my favorite bloggers. I hope you’ll find this post to be a blessing and a challenge, and that you’ll read more of his work.


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