Routines are good but....
Recently, my routine has changed and I have been tested. I can no longer rely on the tried and true. I can no longer rest in the things of yesterday. I found that I have become so dependent on life as it has been for the past 10 years that finding independence is a challenge.
No, I'm not talking about being independent from a person. Instead, I am referring to becoming independent of irrational ideals. Independent of tainted thought patterns. Independent of callous circumstances.
Independence is freedom. It is freedom from control. Freedom from influence.
Independence is self governance. It is self determination.
Becoming independent, in the best sense, forces us to self reflect. It forces us to figure out who we are, what we stand for, what we desire.
Independence is an ever evolving process. It forces us to get unstuck. Forces us to move beyond our comfort zone. Forces us to look past complacency. Forces us to grow.
While developing independence, we often experience growing pains. A shift in our make-up. A shift in our expectations. A shift in our emotions. Maybe even a shift in our circle.
It is not an easy process. But then again, nothing worth any weight is easy.
Yet, it is necessary.
It is just like what we read in Galatians 5:1, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
We are created to be free. We are created to be independent.
We must recognize that purpose and move forward accordingly.
When life steps in to keep us bound up, we must resist. We must keep moving forward. We must keep our eyes on the prize and promise that lies ahead.
Have you noticed any patterns in your life that need breaking? Any routines that need to be shaken up? Any complacency that needs to be destroyed?
Now is the time. The season is changing. Be ready to shift with it.
What is your current level of independence?