2014 is long gone, and many of us are getting back into the routines of life. We’ve reflected on the year that passed, and we are now focusing on what we can accomplish in the next twelve months. But, to be honest, many are having a hard time moving on. For many of us 2014 was harder than we ever imagined. We’ve survived the most challenging season of our lives, but now it’s time to live.
When we are in survival mode, we tend not see things clearly or objectively. While surviving, we are at such a high level of stress that we funnel everything through our own distorted filters. According to, author, Joyce Schafer, “we pull up past memories of experiences and convince ourselves what happened then must be happening again; experiencing all sorts of trials and battles in our minds, when we aren’t actually engaged in them.” (Are You Stuck In Survival Mode, SelfGrowth.com)
In other words, we rob ourselves from experiencing life. The joy in good news is replaced with cynicism and pessimism. The fulfillment of relationships are outweighed by suspicion and paranoia. Opportunities for growth and development become rehearsals for self-doubt, or worse, self-loathing.
In this new year and in this new season, we have to snap out of survival mode. God has blessed us with favor beyond measure, and today isn’t just another day. Today is your reward for surviving yesterday; so live. Take this moment, and live completely in it. You don’t have to just survive anymore. Find ways to purposefully de-stress. Just because things went one way last year, that doesn’t mean things will go the same way this year. Don’t lose hope because of your experiences, because experience is not always the teacher. Your last season put a heavy burden on your back, but Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message Bible)
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