How to get out of a rut

by Kevin on May 1, 2010

When I worked on the San Pedro Ranch in South Texas, the heat sometimes seemed overpowering. It was something that you felt you could reach out and touch. It seemed like you ought to be able to push it aside and get rid of it. It was so hot down there that water got thirsty.

Where I live now, the temperature isn’t much different. Nowhere on earth is it hotter than the 4th of July in Pecos Texas (about 30 miles from my ranch). But on the San Pedro Ranch, there was no air-conditioning. I remember buying a little $2.00 thermometer so I could see how hot my bedroom got at night with both windows open. Somewhere between 95 and 100 degrees is usually what it was.

It’s easy to laugh about that now, but when you are actually living that kind of life in that kind of heat, your senses just kind of get dulled to the fact that it is so hot. Besides just being curious about how hot it actually was, I don’t remember ever really complaining about the heat. Oh, I remember the heat quite well. But when you have a job to do, you just do it.

When I left that ranch, I became an avid fan of chasing wild women, getting drunk, and worrying about how I was going to afford my bills after the beer. That kind of lifestyle is a vicious circle. You get drunk, you go carousing the town, and then you worry about everything that you did. You worry about where your life is headed and the money that you don’t have anymore and the things that you might have done. You worry so much that you just get drunk, you go carousing the town, and then you worry about everything that you did.

See how this works? It’s a circle that never ends. Most of us have one of these circles embedded in our lives. We have walked the same circle of circumstance so much that we have worn a rut into the ground that seems impossible to climb of.

Remember that South Texas heat we were talking about. Remember how I just kind of got dulled to the fact that it was so hot. I just kind of accepted the heat as an annoying working partner and went on. We get dulled to the drunkenness, carousing, and worrying the same way. We spend so much time doing these things that it just becomes the norm. You can substitute any number of sins in place of drunkenness, carousing and worrying. How about laziness, over-eating, and worrying? How about wanting riches, working too much, and worrying about not having enough of what you need? See how all these form circles?

Jesus warns of just such things in Luke 21:34-36.

34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”

If you have walked yourself into one of these circle ruts, don’t worry. Remember, worryin’  is part of what got you there in the first place. You can’t climb out of the hole that you have “dug” for yourself.

Then how do you get out of one of these circles? You sit down, bow your head, and cry out to Jesus Christ for help. Only He can save you from these circles. If you’re not sure what to say, go here and let me help you.

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