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ME: Motivation Encouragement (Stuck In A Tree)

Sarah Stanley

Mondays are typically a day that people dread. How many people do you know that say “Happy Monday!” (well, besides me)? Very few! Well, we want to help you have a positive day, week, month, year, life … So every Monday we have a series called ME: Motivation Encouragement. This is one way we can help you start your Monday off on the right foot! Life thought: are you stuck in a tree?

The other day as I was running, I saw these balloons stuck in a tree. And I thought what a perfect example of how sometimes life can be. Like balloons, we were made to fly, not be stuck in a tree. Do you feel like the above picture? Just waiting for someone to rescue us or wait till the air is out? The trouble with that plan is that by the time the air has left us, it is too late. Literally.

How do we become stuck in a tree? Usually hangups, excuses, fear, past hurts, guilt and unwillingness to change. Being stuck in midair isn't fun. And sometimes you don't even know how you got there, till you look around you and wonder how you ended up there. So how can you get unstuck?

Faith. Take a leap of faith. Will it be scary? You bet. Will it hurt? Perhaps. Will we be free? YES. Faith is having the courage to do the right thing because God has given us the spirit of courage and not fear. It can be scary to face a fear or realize the excuse we made along is actually stopping us from flying- living life the way God wants us too. Taking that first step of faith is the tipping point in the right direction to living life.

Face it. No problem was ever solved by ignoring it. You have to face your problem square in the eye to fix it. And when you face it, don't go it alone. There is comfort and compassion when we face it WITH someone else. A solid support system is critical to getting unstuck. The ballon needs help to get out of the tree. Be it wind or a stranger coming along to cut us free is only when we can fly again. Don't go at life alone. (A good church is a great place to start.)

Freedom. Freedom comes when we acknowledge how we got stuck. Perhaps we need to heal from past emotional, physical or spiritual wounds. The scar will always be there, but instead of a painful reminder it is a memory of God's mercy, love and grace. When you are free from the things that haunt you, everything takes on a whole new light (and life). You have joy, happiness, peace and a heart full of love. 

Stuck in a tree? You can be free. It just might take a little work to get unstuck. Have faith, face it and you will be free to fly in no time! :)

 

Food for thought: are you stuck in a tree? How can you free yourself? Will you be set free?

peace, sweat, love: life