Staying out of a hole

It’s November. And although studies show that January is the most depressing month of the year, I think that, for many people, November and December are a close second and third.

The leaves have mostly fallen off the trees. It starts to get cold. Along with Christmas comes financial pressure and un-realistic expectations around family and “happiness.” I spoke with one person last year who, after November 11, just does his best to “charge through” until the holidays are over.

If you’re silently nodding your head because you’re someone who starts to struggle at this time of year, here’s what I think you should do:

Intentionally STRUCTURE your week to be continually reminded of God’s goodness.

-Scheduled prayer and Bible reading are a part of godly STRUCTURE.
-Worship services are a part of godly STRUCTURE.
-Outings with soul-lifting friends are a part of godly STRUCTURE.
-Appointed times for rest is a part of godly STRUCTURE.
-Consistent exercise is a part of godly STRUCTURE.

Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” I love the use of the word STAYED in this context. It carries the implication of being rooted, secure, fixed. Working godly STRUCTURE into your life stays you on God.

Having been through a few bunkers myself I can tell you this: It’s easier to stay out of a hole than climb out of a hole.

So friends, especially those of you who start to struggle at this time of year, intentionally structure your week to be continually reminded of God’s goodness.

STRUCTURE for success.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • On Sunday I start a new teaching series at Westminster called “My Word – How to be a person of your word in a world of verbal mistrust.” Click here to learn more!

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