Devotional: Take Up Your Mat

"Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, a with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!"
-John 5:1-9


Ay yo crew, I hope you're having a dope day.
You ever find yourself saying: something needs to change?
But you just don't know HOW.
If you're like me, have you found yourself wanting Different but doing the SAME THING?
It can be SO HARD to move in the opposite direction.
Especially when, in your mind, the steps to "GET THERE" seem so FAR from where you currently are.
Here are some steps to get you curious enough to venture on that road <<First Name>>

1. What is "keeping" you stuck? Or even feeling like something is off.
If you know, dope. This is called awareness.
And despite how you may feel, this is actually a VERY powerful stage. Knowing that something needs to changes positions you to do the work. But even if you don't, I encourage you to begin asking the question.

2. HOPE and know that it possible to become unstuck.

3. COURAGE to commit to the journey ahead.

4. SET UP guardrails to KEEP you on the journey: know what triggers you to be tempted to quit.

5. RALLY SUPPORT through prayer and community encouragement.


Consider this homework: Know that it is possible to change. To get to the other side. Take some time to FIND the answer. In the comment section below, let me know "what does that work look like for you". I’m praying your strength in The Lord.

Your Creative In Charge,
Rickette Simone

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