I had a conversation with my cousin about the importance of taking the time to detox. Detoxes have become popular in the last couple of years as a way to achieve weight loss. The detox that I am referring to is more of a spiritual detox than a natural one. We need to detox the negativity in our life. We need to detox the fear and doubt from our life. We need to replenish our faith. We need to feed our spirits positive things. We need to remind ourselves about God’s promises. What does our spiritual diet look like? What areas of our life could benefit from a detox?
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I’m not a person that gets overwhelmed easily. I can typically take myself out of a situation and try to see it from all sides. I can usually agree to disagree. Sometimes, I must admit that I do get distracted. I lose sight of my goal. I get in my feelings, and it’s usually all bad. It’s amazing how much what we see and our mind processes controls our point of view.
Distractions are meant to keep you focused on temporary problems or obstacles. They are meant to frustrate you in the moment. They are meant to make lose sight of what’s ahead. Distractions are there to deter your vision. Keep that in mind, when your day doesn’t go as planned or when the kids are acting up. Distractions are obstacles designed to obstruct your vision. It all goes back to your vision. What are you looking at? What do you see? Do you see opportunity or distraction?
Faith has to be accompanied by deeds. Deeds by definition is an action that is performed intentionally. Deeds can be good or bad. The idea is that our faith will bear fruit. A tree is known by the fruit it bears. Faith without works is dead. Faith without good deeds is like a barren tree. It produces no fruit. What are you producing? Are you being intentional with your faith? Is your faith followed by deeds?
I’ve heard it a million times in church, “starve your fears and feed your faith!” It sounds relatively easy, but how do you feed your faith? Going to church is good. Hearing the word of God is good. Reading the word is better. Applying the word to your daily life is better. Becoming more like Christ is better. So, how do you starve your fears? Ignore the voice in your head. Combat your fears with God’s promises. Keep naysayers at bay. Be mindful of what you’re feeding your spirit. Both your fears and your faith are screaming feed me.
I’ve always loved words, which is one of the reasons I named my company Wordplay. I knew that depending on how you said certain things or the punctuation you used, could change the meaning of the exact same words. Just cause for instance could mean, just because. It could also mean a righteous pursuit or justified reason. We all seem right in our own eyes. We can always justify our actions.
After watching, “When They See Us,” I can see how everyone felt justified, yet it wasn’t true justice. Everyone had their reasons. Everyone had their excuses. Everyone had their perspectives and their biases. Personal motivation is a dangerous thing, and so is self preservation. We never really know what we will and won’t do until we find our backs against the wall. This is why it is so important not to judge, because everyone has just cause in our own minds.
I might be dating myself, but in the Fall of 1991, Black Sheep released a song entitled, “The Choice is Yours.” The hook was beyond catchy. The bridge still gets the party hyped, but the messaging is the same. The choice is yours. We will always have comparisons. We will always have options. You need to count the cost, weigh your options, and make the best decision for you. The choice is yours; You can get with this or you an get with that…
1 Corinthians 10:13- There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
I think we have all had moments when we have questioned God. We felt like the walls were closing in on us, and it was all getting to be too much. We find ourselves in test after test with no room to breathe. We feel pressured. We get tired. We feel depressed. We feel like giving up, or maybe that’s just me. In these moments, I’ve learned to encourage myself. I remind myself that God will not put more on me than I can bear. I tell myself that God is faithful. I meditate on God’s word. Does it change my immediate situation? No, put it does change me. It helps me to stop operating out of my own strength and rely on God’s. So, when life feels like too much, remember there is always a way of escape.