I’ve got several false starts on blog posts that I’ve written up and then read over and thought ‘ick, I can’t post that’. So here I am on Good Friday, sitting at my desk wondering why in the world it’s been weeks since I posted. Laziness and a lack of inspiration are part of it. March was a difficult month and I couldn’t seem to get myself back into the swing of things.

But on Tuesday Mike Dellosso started an interesting discussion on the 7 Hours Facebook page. He posed the question of what would you do if you lost everything, job, house, family, etc. I commented that I had lost everything before but that God always turned things around for the better. Someone else commented that they would be angry, then sad, and then pick themselves back up again.

That stuck with me. Here I am realizing from past experience that the Lord always brings me through, yet I’m acting like this time things will be different. Like God can’t possible pick me back up again. How ironic is that?

So this Easter, I’m picking myself back up. I can’t keep living like I’m dead. I want to move forward in every aspect of my life instead of just waiting around to see what happens. I’m going to seriously begin pursuing publication again, whether that comes in the form of self-publication or traditional. I’m going to put more effort into promoting authors whose works I believe in. I’m going to put in more effort at work.

And most importantly, I’m going to put my focus back where it belongs, on Christ. He’s the One who makes my life have purpose and meaning. It’s for Him that I write. It’s for Him that I work. And it’s for Him that I live. It’s high time I start acting like it again.

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you didn’t know where to turn? Have you ever landed in a rut and didn’t know how to get out of it?

I can guarantee one thing, sitting and waiting for things to change doesn’t work. God brings the change in us. He performs the miracles. He makes a way for us to live lives pleasing to Him, but we have to pursue Him.

James 4:8 says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. While it is God who works in us, we also have a job to do. And it’s to look to Him. If we keep our eyes focused on ourselves, we’ll miss where God is working. And you can’t move forward that way.

What better time to draw near (or back) to God than on Easter weekend? This should be a time of great reflecting on exactly what Jesus gave for us so that we could be reconciled to Him. In the face of such love, my minor afflictions don’t really seem that bad.