With all that is going on in the world (or in your world), it can be hard to know what to do right now. If you have more time on your hands, this is not just the time to learn new things but also to pause and do a life assessment.
What are your habits?
What things do you need to implement but haven’t?
What things aren’t working that you didn’t notice?
What things aren’t working that you did notice but didn’t have the time to change?
That time is now. This is an opportunity for some mental spring cleaning.
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Clean house in your mind, get rid of those toxic thoughts and mindsets that have been taking up way too much room in your head.
Clean house in your lifestyle, learn what a healthier diet means for you, what are the habits you need to develop to ensure you stay healthy.
Clean house in your faith. We can easily overlook the need to reset our faith, but discouragement and disappointment can build up over time. Be intentional about laying those down at the feet of Jesus so that you have more room to strengthen your faith.
It’s with a clean mental house that you’re able to find clarity without clutter or confusion. What to do next can’t come if all areas of your life are a mess.
I spent some time studying the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 because this is what came up in my spirit during a season where God said “stop”.
If you don’t know the Bible story, here is a quick summary. In the parable Jesus is giving an example of what the Kingdom of Heaven can be related to. He tells the story of a man who is going away for a long time on a trip. Before he goes he gives his servants money. To one servant he gives $5000 dollars or talents as it was referred to at that time, to another he gives $2000 dollars, and to another he gives $1000 dollars. The first two servants invested their money and ended up doubling the amount they received. The one who only received $1000 dug a hole and buried the money. When the master came back they had to answer for what they did with the money they received during the time he was away.
I want to pick up in Matthew 25:29 using the amplified version,
““For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.”
Matthew 25:29 AMP
When God gives you the green light to be on the move again, will you be ready?
What will be found?
A solid foundation, or just piles of dirt mounds everywhere?
Who will you become during this time? How will you change?
Like the talents given to the workers,
God has given you time, what will you make of it?
When God says stop, we don’t often know how long it will be for. You want to make sure you come out of it with good habits that are still useful to you when God says go, and not bad habits that you have to retrain yourself to get rid of.
If we go back to the story in Matthew to verse 25 it says,
“So I was afraid [to lose the talent], and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is your own.’”
Matthew 25:25 AMP
This servant did nothing with what he was given due to fear. I mention in another post that when you are not prepared for an overflow it can cause anxiety which causes paralysis.
Suggested post: “7 Tips to Protect Your Mental Health as A Christian“
The goal is to be proactive and not reactive. Be like the two servants who took risks by doing what they could and we’re blessed because of it. Don’t be like the last servant who allowed an unhealthy mindset to dictate what he was going to do with his time when given an unexpected circumstance.
Listen for what God wants you to do with the time he has given you. For some it will be to serve, for some it will be to create, and for some it will be to simply rest. No matter what it is, make sure you use this time to do it.
In my post “7 Tips To Protect Your Mental Health As A Christian” we talk about different strategies and habits for protecting your mental health that will help you create a life system that will set you up for a lifetime of success.
What are some ways you are going to begin being proactive when God says stop in your life? Let me know in the comments below!
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