Spring Has Sprung… BUT My Spring Is Broke
Do you ever feel like the gal in the picture? At times I sure do! People are saying “It’s Spring time don’t ya know! Get up! Get with it! Spring cleaning to do…” To that you may hear me say a great big “yeah, yeah, yeah… yack, yack, yack…” In other words: “Not today, please.” So why might someone have that kind of attitude? It may be because they or you or me might be coming out of a very harsh winter! Maybe we have just endured the proverbial 100 year storm or the blizzard of the century; and feel like we have suffered plagues of biblical proportions. And…. you just might be Spiritually, Emotionally, Physically and even Relationally exhausted. You might feel like singing, “Ohhhhhh… gloom, despair, agony on me… deep dark depression, constant misery…” Woops! Stop the music! I’m pooped just reading this! So how do I prepare for this new season God has brought me to – especially since I may be nursing some wounds from the last season? Where do I go from here? People say that I need to pull myself up by my bootstraps. Well, I don’t feel like pulling myself up by my bootstraps. I feel like like walking around in my socks that have holes in it, holding my blankie, and maybe go back to bed!
Any well meaning person who instructs us to just “buck up” or pull ourselves up, cannot be more wrong! If we do that, we are dependent upon our own strength. Our dependency must be on Christ – not on ourselves. So the question has to be, “how do I access His strength?” His Word gives us the answers:
- First, confess our faults. If we are in sin; if we are holding onto things we shouldn’t; if we are depending on our “own understanding” instead of His, confess it! Be totally honest! If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us.
- Admit our weakness. In our weakness, His strength is made known. We have to quit trying to do things in our own strength. (This is my biggest battle.) Our strength will quickly fade, but, we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength!
- Realize that what you have gone through or may still be going through is a season: Just that, a season. Scripture is clear: to everything there is a season. God will or has faithfully brought you through and will bring you to a time of refreshing; a time of blessing. He uses all seasons in our lives to grow us; nurture us; and to use us for HIS glory, His purpose.
- Guard our thoughts. “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We have to watch what we dwell upon. One of my favorite quotes is: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a life style; sow a life style, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Our destiny begins in our thoughts.
- Set ourselves up for success. We need to not concentrate on the woulda, coulda, shouldas – all the things of the past. We need to set a plan in motion that will give us success. “If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” Our plans are to be surrendered to God, putting Him first – asking His will for our lives. The Word teaches us that there is safety in counsel – seek help, seek counsel if needed to help ensure success.
- Do the “Nestea” plunge! In other words, go ALL in. No half measures. Be committed to get all we can out of this season God has brought us to. We need to lay aside any weight that would drag us down or drag us back.
- Though I am sure there are many keys to fully embracing our Spring; to being able to do “Spring cleaning” if necessary; I will leave us with just one more. Be grateful. We need to have an attitude of praise – even in the tough times.
At Teen Challenge I get to minister to a lot of precious souls who have endured some horrible winters – winters often times of their own making. It doesn’t matter. The same truths apply. We serve the “Good Father” – the Good Father who wants to give us His best according to His riches (and His riches are vast, and unending). Let’s turn to Him to meet everyone of our needs. He is the one who can actually sustain us; who can refresh our weary souls; whose strength we can always count on. #Hisluvneverneverfails!