Don’t Fall Back ->Move Forward
Have you ever started something that you were passionate about only to realize months later that the passion you first had has faded and the thing you started has remained unfinished or been forgotten? Well, you are not alone. There is a reason we put aside the very things we know are good for us in exchange for old habits that we know are not – DESIRE.
Desire is what drives us. Desire is what makes us strive towards a goal. When we really want something, it doesn’t matter who says we can’t have it, how bad it may be for us, how much it costs or what we have to give up to get it; we will go after it no matter what. Think about your spouse / significant other and how much you wanted to be with him/her. Did it matter who thought they were not right for you? Did it matter how far apart you lived from each other? Whatever was on your schedule that was so important before now somehow could be easily rescheduled in order to make time to be with each other. Bottom line, when you want something bad enough, you are willing to sacrifice everything to achieve it.
We all have things we have successfully achieved that maybe we never thought we would. Things like graduating from school, starting our own business, giving up addictive habits like smoking or alcohol, losing weight. Think about WHY you were able to do those things. What was the motivator? DESIRE. Usually, it is because there is something bigger you want more.
Many people will claim they want to live a spiritual life motivated by pleasing God. It sounds noble and seems like it would be fairly easy, yet it is the toughest thing you’ll ever do. Why? Because the desires of this world are stronger than our desire for God. We let ourselves get easily convinced by those around us that if we are spending more than 1 or 2 hours a week in prayer / meditation and read a little scripture that we are very spiritual and if we do more than that, fanatical.
If we measure our progress by those who don’t have the same goal and it distorts our view of our progress. Ask yourself these questions to see how strong your desire is:
- Do I look forward to my prayer/meditation every day or am I feeling pressured to fit it in?
- Is my desire for personal comfort or pleasure stronger than my desire for putting God first?
- Am I willing to change my behavior(s) even if it is difficult?
- Am I willing to be humble and ask for help?
- Am I willing to push myself past my comfort level in order to grow?
If you answered “no” to any one of these questions, then it’s time to reevaluate what is getting in the way of your progress. Talk with your spiritual teacher this week about what your goals are so you can begin moving forward and not falling back. Today’s the day – you have the power to make it happen!