• Megan Hicks

The Habit of Hard

I think that in life we can get stuck in habits. Some habits are healthy and good for us while others can be detrimental to our overall health. Not all habits start out as an unhealthy thing but over time they can lose their value and start becoming unhealthy or over extended, and even the motive behind the habit becomes harmful.

Over the last several years there’s been a lot of hard moments that felt like life had put ‘hard times’ on repeat. Right after I would endure a hard moment and life started to feel stable again another hard moment would appear- whether to me or someone close to me.

Living in hard moments was starting to become second nature to me. I was constantly operating in hard mode for a long time and at times I’d forgotten life being anything else.

This past week I felt God put on my heart that I’ve been operating in this state for too long and it was time to reprogram- I needed to change this default setting. In these hard seasons there are conversations, mindsets, patterns and actions we get stuck in that stem out of the need for survival.

Then all of a sudden we start to see the sunlight, feel its warmth and we sense the beginning of a transition season. Things start to change for the better, the dark night season is fading and we are walking into something new and refreshing.

But what happens when all you know is survival- dissecting the hard because to endure it was to understand it?

A new season calls for a new you- a new way of living, thinking and acting. What was once healthy is now no longer beneficial to the new season you are in.

It’s time to shed the way you dealt with your day to day to bring about a lightness, joy and a spark to what you are experiencing.

It’s a beautiful transition in that you are walking out of the hard and life seems a little warmer and a little sweeter. It’s ok to shed the old way of being and transition into the light you want to be. It takes reprogramming with God's help, and a new way of thinking but it will come about if you give yourself patience and grace to accept this newness.

God wants us to enjoy our life- to find joy in the day to day. It’s time to relearn what that means to you and what brings you joy and fun- something to lighten your life. If you are in a transition season embrace the newness and all the possibilities that can come with that.

Relish in the fact that you don’t have to function in survival mode just to endure the day to day- there’s joy waiting for you.

I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NRSV

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