The curse of the 'Re'
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus-Philippians 3:14
Welcome to the month of March. I currently reside in the UK and instead of spring blossoms we have snow.
Do any of these words sound familiar to you- re-energise, revive, restore, redo, repeat, reawaken?
Last week I didn't go to the gym as regularly as I now do. I was scheduled to do a session for an hour that particular day but I was tired. I hadn't slept properly in two days and I felt justified in my decision.
I got home and I felt I'd be pleased going home and resting but I hated it. In fact, I had been so used to working past my tiredness/flesh and past habits that sliding back didn't feel good. (but I felt that I deserved a break).
The month of January was an easy month to stay motivated and on top of things. I mean, it was a new month and a new year. However, once I made it past January, it was easy to slack and fall back to old habits.
This is what got me thinking about what I call, ‘the curse of the re’. I only felt it was necessary to reenergise, start again, build momentum in January but for some reason it was hard to maintain for other months, or so I imagined.
The prefix ‘re’ used at the beginning of these word simply means ‘again’. I agree that often times we need to redo or rebuild certain areas of our lives but what happens when this becomes a pattern?
For example, we say we will commit to an activity but end up starting all over again every month. We may have good intentions but if this pattern becomes consistent it means progress will be stifled.
The commitment I set for myself from the start of the year was to continue pushing past the pain and discomfort to ensure I reach my goals. I started and got into a routine but as I mentioned earlier I almost relaxed.
In my opinion, pain is good. It can either inform you that something is wrong or confirm you’re doing the right thing (think about the exercising at the gym).
So, my advice this month is:
Don't live in the 're’
Certainly, by no means give up on your goals and finally
Stick to your commitments and watch your growth, in whatever sphere of life, increase and blossom to its full potential.