There is nothing good about ruts. The longer you stay in them, the deeper they get. We have all found ourselves at various times in our lives in a rut. We are in a place that we don’t want to be, and sometimes it seems like it is never going to change.
Ruts are funny like that. They can appear as insurmountable mountains. They can have power over us if we allow them to, because it seems like they are never going to end.
Principle 1. If you are in a rut, quit digging yourself in deeper. You might have to get some help to get out of the rut, but quit doing what you are doing if it is keeping you down. If your marriage is in trouble, get counseling, if your job is in trouble, get coaching, if your life is in trouble, lose the pride and ask God for direction. After all, he made the map.
Principle 2. Don’t blow ruts out of proportion. Simply adjusting your direction can get you back on track, and that can happen quickly if you will just be intentional in what you want to do.
Principle 3. Getting in a rut is uncomfortable and unnatural. You feel strange about it. Have you ever been on a bike and suddenly found yourself in a rut? You can lose your balance and even crash if you don’t get out of it. Trust your instincts when you see yourself in a rut and get out of it as soon as possible. The longer you stay in it, the more likely you or those about you are going to need some medical attention.
Principle 4. Ruts are avoidable for the most part. The path you are taking…is it smooth, or filled with ruts and potholes? Observe the warning signs and take detours to get you where you need to be.
Principle 5. Ruts don’t have any power over you unless you give it to them. Don’t empower ruts.
Are you in a rut with your marriage, with your job, or in your outlook on life? My hope for you is that you make the necessary adjustments, and start today. The ruts will only get deeper and cause you and others a lot of unnecessary pain. Here’s to smooth sailing.