A few months ago the dog was walking me. Yes—I want to quit dog walking! I felt like I was hit with a lightning bolt revelation. I was listening to author Becca Stevens who said: “Everybody’s busy. It’s not a compliment. For me it’s this: what do you want to be busy with? Our days are spent. That’s the whole nature of a day. I’m grateful I get to spend my days doing what I love. I go to bed with more ideas than I started with.”
Her words rocked me to my core. I felt nothing like Becca. In fact, lately I was dreaming up ways to resign from almost everything in my life. Maybe you’re there right now. You’re not feeling an ounce of motivation, inspiration, or even the will to move forward. You might just want to quit your job, quit your relationships, and quit participating in life. But instead, would you join me and get a little bold with God?
Prayer: God, we feel like quitting. We’re weary of this fight. But your word says: He will not abandon those who take refuge in Him (Psalm 16:1) We are confident that when we are weak you will give us strength for the battle (Psalm 18:39). We’re trusting in you to show us the next steps. Amen.
As Becca’s words rolled around in my head, I started praying some audacious prayers and then decided to take action.Feel like quitting? Pray some audacious prayers and take action! #prayer #action Click To Tweet
4 Things to Do When You Feel Like Quitting
1. Recognize that things can be better: spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Spiritually: This isn’t about climbing the golden ladder of moral success in order to reach God. However, it is about choices. Will we surrender our selfishness, acknowledging that God’s grace will change us? Will we accept His love and stop trying to earn it? (Great Guide: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver)
Physically: Do you know things need to change, but you don’t want to do the hard work to get healthy? I get you. This year, with another herniated disc, I decided to stretch, plank, and exercise my way to strength. It’s not solving my problems overnight, but I’m ready to do my part. I just realized my life could be better, and I was the only one who could do something about it.
Emotionally: When our emotional lives are in upheaval, relationships suffer and we often feel distant from God. So here are a few ideas: Take care yourself. (See my post: Your Step by Step Self-Care Plan), Seek counseling (more on that and my NEW JOB next week), and start writing out your non-sanitized feelings in a journal. Stop trying to sound like Anne of Green Gables or Tony Robbins!
2. Eliminate obligations.
Just because you’ve always been the team soccer parent , or on the board at your church, doesn’t mean it’s a lifetime duty. It might be time for you to step down so that someone else can step up. This gives someone else a chance to succeed and helps prevent you from burning out.
3. Investing in the relationships you “haven’t had time for.”
Investment indicates a cost. We make time for our priorities. Who’s been on your mind lately? Pick up the phone, and set a coffee date. It’s time well spent.
4. Resolve conflicts.
What small step above is God calling you to today? Imagine what your life would look like free from wanting to quit?
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