Does Your Life Need A Reset?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
I was recently speaking with a colleague. This individual, successful and accomplished, is not particularly strong in his faith. We were talking about seasons in life, how our lives can take unexpected turns. My colleague was experiencing one of those turns.
“It came out of nowhere,” my friend said. “Life was going well, the career was working, the marriage was strong, the children seemed to be thriving in school and in their social lives. Everything was in order, just like I’ve always planned.”
“What happened?” I asked.
“Suddenly, everything just felt … off. I was tired in the middle of the day, I couldn’t concentrate. I was missing deadlines, getting distracted. At home I was spending more time worrying and being irritable than focusing on my family.”
He later told me he was seeking counseling, trying to find a way to cope.
Have you ever found yourself tirelessly striving, immersed in the busyness of life, worn down by obstacles, when suddenly you realize you’re running on empty? Perhaps you’ve tried dismissing this weariness as just a temporary dip or a mere emotional fluctuation, but deep down you recognize it’s something more enduring, something that can’t be ignored.
I suggested to my colleague that perhaps God was trying to reset his life. He looked at me curiously, not quite understanding. I answered “Hey, it takes courage to admit, ‘I think I need a reset.’ Especially for people like us. But what if that’s part of God’s divine plan?”
Moments to Disciple
Situations like these present excellent opportunities for believers to disciple those around us. And we must be mindful not to simply offer advice or opinions, but to apply God’s Word to help others see the power of faith.
Isaiah 40:31 reminds us, “ But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
What if God, in His infinite wisdom, is leading us to these moments of vulnerability? What if an unexpected illness, a financial setback, a strained relationship, a seemingly unanswered prayer are all ways of God trying to reach us? Could it be that He allows us to deplete our resources or endure hardships so that we might finally pause and seek Him?
A “reset” might be exactly what we need. The concept of resetting involves:
Setting back to the initial state.
Adjusting again after an initial failure.
Now, imagine applying these principles to our spiritual lives. What if we asked God to reset our lives, and we truly meant it? Would our daily routines, our relationships with those around us, and our attitudes remain unchanged?
In Lamentations 3:22-23, we’re reassured of God’s faithfulness: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Turning to God
If you sense the Holy Spirit nudging you towards a profound and enduring transformation of heart and mind, I encourage you to seek a quiet, secluded space for communion with God. Jesus Himself often retreated to solitary places to pray. In John 17 we see Him praying fervently for all believers, asking for their sanctification and unity, emphasizing the necessity of being in the world but not of it.
Take a page from the life of King David, who in Psalm 51:10 prayed, “ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” David understood the power of divine reset, seeking God’s grace in setting his life anew.
In moments of stillness, away from the clamor of the world, we find our true reset. It’s in these moments that we can earnestly pray, align our will with God’s, and seek His guidance for our lives.
So, if you find yourself at a crossroads, feeling drained and in need of a reset, remember that it’s not just an opportunity for rest but a divine invitation to realign your path with God’s purpose. Embrace this divine reset, and watch as He works wonders in your life, setting things anew and guiding you towards His perfect plan.
Here is a prayer you might use in your own life or share with others facing times of adversity and in need of a divine reset.
I yearn for those early days in my faith
when I felt so close to you, embraced by your joy and vitality.
I acknowledge that life’s daily challenges have dimmed my fervor for you and that I’ve sometimes let worldly concerns overshadow the joy of your message.
Lord, draw me back to you. Guide my gaze and heart towards you.
Grant me a fresh start in my faith journey, starting now.
Refresh my spirit and guide my daily actions in alignment with your divine plan.
I thank you for your unwavering presence in my life every day.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
May God continuously lead your path