A Biologist experimented with what he called ‘processional caterpillars’. He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant so that the lead caterpillar was head to tail with the last caterpillar, with no breaks in the parade.
The tiny creatures walked around the rim of the pot for a full week before they died of exhaustion and starvation. Not once did any of them break out of line and venture over to the plant to eat.
Food was only inches away, but their follow-the-crowd-instinct was stronger than the drive to eat and survive.
The same thing happened to an entire generation of Israelites. They walked in circles in the wilderness for 40 years, even though they were only 11 miles from the promise land.
If you’re in a rut today, ask yourself these three questions:
Is this rut of my own making?
We choose a rut because it’s comfortable and requires no risk. And getting out of it requires courage and a willingness to make tough choices you follow through on.
Who am I following?
We adopt certain patterns because someone has taught them to us directly, or by example. Instead of mindlessly following the crowd, seek God’s will for your life and commit yourself to doing it.
Where am I going?
The Bible says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29: 18 KJV).
If you want to get out of the rut, you’re in today, ask God to give you a vision for your life — He will. And when he does, Pour yourself into it. Begin 2020 on the right foot.
2 Timothy 2:3 NKJV
Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
There are two types of criticism: constructive criticism and destructive criticism. One builds you up the other tears you down. Be wise in how you respond to unfounded criticism and gossip.
When your critic wants to remain anonymous, they’re not worthy of your response.
The story told of a pastor who received a letter that contained one word — FOOL! Next Sunday he held it up and said to the congregation, I received the strangest letter this past week. He read the one-word text and said, ‘Somebody wrote it and forgot to sign it!
You say, but they are attempting to hurt my reputation. D.L. Moody said, if I take care of my character, God will take care of my reputation’ (see Isaiah 54:17) Any time you’re involved in a worthy cause, people will not only try to beat you down, but keep you down.
In training Timothy for ministry, Paul told him ‘endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ’.
Difficult people are placed in our path not to defeat us, but to develop us. Leaders know this, so they stay and finish the job regardless of the cost. Just like the captain goes down with the ship, the true leader stays until the work is done.
You say, ‘Then how should I respond? By praying for them! Jesus said, ‘Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you…and you will be sons of the Most-High’ (Luke 6:28, 35 NKJV).
Enjoy your week.
Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year. Don’t be held back by indecision, move forward in faith.
To heal a wound you need to stop touching it.
Life is like a camera, you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out take another shot.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.