Step 1: Reflect
The first step is a reflection over where you’ve been. This is frustrating when you feel like you’ve been stuck in the middle of something. Whether you’re struggling with an addiction or just feeling like you aren’t growing where you are. I want to encourage you to look back just for a moment, not to dwell, but to notice how far you’ve come. Look at where you’ve been and where God found you. If you can find an identifiable place that God has moved you, then you can find peace knowing you have had movement. Maybe you haven’t moved and you’re looking for a way out of where you are. I want you to look up. Look for the one who has always been there for you and is waiting for you to rely on Him to help you get out of where you are.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”- Isaiah 43:18-19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” -2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Step 2: Recharge
After personal reflection on the past, it’s time to look at the present. What is the biggest challenge you are facing right now. Maybe it’s a status of your health, your job, your family, your friends, maybe it’s more of a personal struggle, a habit you need to break or a feeling you need to shake. Whatever that challenge is, identify it. Once you can identify the root issue, you can work at that issue. First pray about it and give it to God. Whether it’s trusting Him with the problem or situation, or maybe He needs you to rely on the process He’s putting you through. Whether it’s a challenge to teach you peace or patience, or an opportunity to share the gospel with someone, trust that God knows exactly where you are and where you are going. I hope that this will help you acknowledge where you are and be content about it.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:12-13
“You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!” -Psalm 119:4-5
Step 3: Repeat
Finally, after getting to this step, hopefully you’ve gotten some peace about where you are in life. You’ve realized you aren’t stuck anymore, but rather you are a work in process. The process means that you’re moving and changing with time. You are no longer who or what you once were, but God has moved you into a new place. And with each step God takes you to, you can identify the next phase that needs recharging. Prayer and reflection can get you to this phase of recharging your faith in Christ. Repeating this process will help you motivate you to reach the next challenge God has for you.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” -Psalm 51:10-11
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” -Hebrews 12:1