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Summary: We study how we get trapped in ruts. Part #1 of a #2 part: It is about choices and how we allow FEAR, WORRY, STRESS to become a tool that hinders progress. Break the cycle by changing our choices...

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THE RUT OF SAMENESS? MAY WE IDENTIFY WHAT HINDERS?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

This is part #1 of a two part series on THE RUT OF SAMENESS, FEAR HINDERS...

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of

a sound mind.

MUCH OF LIFE IS ABOUT DAILY CHOICES... CHOICE NOT CHANCE OR DESTINY WILL

DETERMINE MY LIFE JOURNEY.

I CAN NOT CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS TO ME, BUT I CAN MAKE THE CHOICE OF HOW

I WILL HANDLE WHAT HAPPENS TO ME...

WHAT IS HINDERING YOU FROM BECOMING WHAT GOD HAS DESIGNED FOR YOU?

It might be hard for God to lead and guide you without you making a plan and exerting

the effort where are you going? How you going to get there? You can't live a good life my

straddling the fences.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set

before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy

seed may live:

MY CHOICE IS: MAYBE AND THAT IS MY FINAL ANSWER!!!

When Linda and I were young adults we had a life changing experience. In 1976 we had our

first son, and another son in 1978. Our life was forever changed. I made the decision to stop

traveling on the road playing music. (This choice was not my own? Situations and circumstances

kind of forced this upon me.) So I became more focused on the local church. These events

forever changed us as individuals and as a couple.

So becoming a FATHER CHANGED MY DIRECTION AND PURPOSE of my heart. I focused

on MY FAMILY, teaching school and a jail/prison ministry. But I paid some STUPID TAXES...

AS A YOUNG FATHER OUR BABIES NEVER CAME WITH AN INSTRUCTION BOOK.

BUT SOME OF MY GREATEST STUPID TAXES WERE EXTRACTED BECAUSE OF MY

ATTITUDES. I SAW MY SONS AS BABY --- NEVER EVER TO I LOOK AHEAD TO SEE

MY SONS AS MEN, GROWN MEN. NEVER DID I SEE MY LITTLE SONS AS SPOUSES!

I NEVER LOOKED FAR ENOUGH AHEAD TO SEE MY LITTLE SONS AS FATHERS! AS

I LOOK BACK ON OUR JOURNEY I SEE MY FAILURES TO SEE TODAY AND NEVER

LOOK AHEAD ENOUGH TO SOW THE PROPER SEEDS. I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT

THEM GROWING UP. I WISH I HAD MADE SOME DIFFERENT CHOICES?

My sons and five grandchildren are one of our greatest joys in life. We watched them

grow and learn and they became part of our praise and worship team. BUT HOW I WISH I

WOULD HAVE MADE SOME DIFFERENT CHOICES ABOUT MY ATTITUDES AND WORDS

AND ACTIONS. I WOULD HAVE WATCHED MY ANGER MUCH MORE.

GREAT MEN OF THE BIBLE MADE SOME OF THESE SAME MISTAKES IN THAT

THEY NEVER LOOKED AHEAD TO SEE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR CHOICES

AND THEIR BEHAVIOR. --- WE MUST CHOOSE LIFE.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye

will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,

or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will

serve the LORD.

May God grant us wisdom, understanding and discernment to be able to honestly evaluate

WHERE WE ARE? HOW DID I GET HERE? THEN LORD HELP US DEVELOP A PLAN

AND LAUNCH THAT THAT PLAN TO GET US WHERE WE DESIRE TO BE?


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