I don’t know about you but when winter comes along my lips get terribly chapped. They hurt and peel and then I irritate them by picking at the loose skin and cause them to bleed. Being sick means that I haven’t been drinking enough water which only makes my chapped lips worse. Not to mention the below freezing temps that we’ve been experiencing…
Anyway, I got to thinking about how sometimes it’s so much easier to just not do anything about my chapped lips but complain about them. The solution is so easy, just keep applying Chap Stick and drink more water. But for some reason I just don’t. I put off and then eventually forget about it until they get really bad.
I think that without realizing it we do the same thing in other areas of our lives. We may be aware of a particular problem in our lives but for whatever reason we don’t want to do anything about it. It’s easier for us to acknowledge the sin and keep doing it, hoping that some day soon we will be able to change. And secretly, we may actually enjoy committing this particular sin and not want to change even though we see the issues that this sin is causing.
So, what do we do? We know we need to do something but we don’t really want to do anything…
For me it took a lot of prayer and discussions before my eyes were opened to just how much time I wasting living vicariously through other people’s lives. Quite honestly, as I look back over the years of my short life I can see that I have been doing this for YEARS without realizing it. It finally came to an abrupt stop when Mom suggested that I just take a break from watching vlogs on YouTube. I didn’t really want to do this but I knew that I had to. That was at the end of August 2017. I am happy to say that to date I haven’t watched a vlog. Has this been easy? NO! But it has been worth it. I still have a lot of work to do in this area of vicariously living through others but I have taken a couple of steps in the right direction.
This change is one that I still struggle with. I still waste far too much time on my phone pretty much daily. But I am learning. Learning that I will still make mistakes but that with the help of God I am able to get a little better each day. It’s not about doing life perfectly because that is impossible. It’s about recognizing what God has done for us and making small changes each day. One day we will look back and see just how far we’ve come by the grace of God.
Change is never easy. It takes work and perseverance. But in the end it is worth every bit of the hard work. What’s something that you’re trying to change in the year ahead? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Until next time,