October 6, 2013
What To Do When You Feel Stuck
We all get “stuck” at some point in our lives, whether it be writers block, if you are a writer, or you have gotten to a certain point in your life or a particular place in your current situation where you feel you have done all you can and are unsure what to do next. So what do you do when this happens? To cure writer’s block, I listed suggestions in a previous post on how to do that so I won’t go too deep into suggestions but a few would be: 1. Go for a walk (whether it be on the beach, at a park, or somewhere in nature), 2. Go to the airport or the mall and go people watching and observe what other people are doing. 3. Watch a movie (or TV show), 4. Read a book, 5. Listen to music, or 6. hang out with friends or family. One of these suggestions could lead to words, lyrics, or actions (or the beauty of nature) inspiring you to write about it. For blocks on what to do in other areas of your life, particularly if you are looking to turn around an undesirable situation, there is always something you can do there too.
Instead of becoming guilty of sloth, sitting around doing nothing but watching TV and other idle things, turn to God and ask Him what you can and should be doing right now. While you wait for an answer, which could come in many forms including a thought or idea occurs to you, an impression in your heart, lyrics of a song, dialogue in a movie or TV show you watch, or from a friend or family member (particularly if it is a spiritual family member who has the Holy Spirit living inside of them like you do and are attuned to God), start by studying God’s word. Pray over your Bible and ask God to guide your bible study and if certain words of action jump out at you, then do whatever it is whether it is being kind to someone else, helping someone in need, or doing something else that is fruitful and in alignment with God’s will (according to his written word). This is not meant to be mean or a lecture, but to be inspirational for people who are stuck in their current situation and are unsure what to do and suggestions on what to do so they don’t become idle.
What are some examples of being fruitful? Well first think about what the bible tells us we should be doing with our lives (with our time). Then think about what your dream job is. What are you passionate about that God put talent in you to do? For writers the answer would be to write daily, for painters painting, for sculptors sculpting, for actors, go on auditions and if you cannot find out where auditions are being held due to lack of money then look for advertisements in your newspaper or locally wherever you walk or shop for auditions. If you enjoy cooking or baking, then cook and bake for others and offer to cater for them so you can earn some money that way and save up to open your own full-blown catering business, bakery, or restaurant. If you are not sure what you enjoy doing because you are used to doing things you needed to do instead of things you enjoy doing, then try dabbling here and there in different things, like taking photos of nature or of your friends and family. When you find something you enjoy doing and you are really good at it, you may have found your calling from God. 1 Peter 4:10-11 says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen!”
Helping others by donating time, giving advice, encouraging them, or supplying a need they have that you are able to fill from your resources is also good to do. It is not always money people need. Some people need a smile from someone else, or comforting or encouraging words, or time to help them do something. There are many ways to help and to give to others and in doing so you are serving God. Hebrews 13:16 says, “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 11:25, “The generous will prosper;those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” In light of this, be generous in all you do and God will reward you whether you gave someone a dollar for the bus or for food, bought someone in need food, or were generous with your time, encouragement, love, or any other way others need help in which you generously helped the person in need. But don’t do it to receive a reward, do it to please God and out of the goodness of your heart (led by the Holy Spirit). When you seek to please God, you will find things to do for him that are in alignment with his will, and in the right time, God will reveal the next step you are meant to take towards getting you out of your current situation and out of lack and into great abundance in every area of your life. If you do your part, then God will do what you are unable to do and things will shift in your favor and you will overcome all obstacles and thrive in life!
If the reason you are unable to do much of anything is lack of energy from lack of sleep, then the first thing you need to do is pray to God about it. Next, set a bedtime for yourself, a time to be in bed for sleep by. If you suffer insomnia, try drinking caffeine-free tea with chamomile, listening to soothing and calming music (like Mozart), take a nice hot bath, or find something that will help you get to sleep. Sometimes watching a rerun of a favorite TV show can help you get to sleep. If none of these suggestions work then during the day, make sure you get physical exercise at some point and tire yourself out so that you are so exhausted, sleep won’t be an issue. Since this blog is not about insomnia, there is only one final tip to mention and that would be, if the insomnia is serious to seek medical help and ask God to guide you to the right doctor. However, deepening your relationship with God by studying his word daily and applying what you learn to your life and serving the Lord by helping others would lead to a long-time cure for your insomnia because as you grow to know God more and more, you become more confident and secure in him and will find yourself at peace and able to get to sleep without a problem. Proverbs 3:24 says, “You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.” Reading the bible could also be a good way to fall asleep. If lack of sleep is not what is keeping you from being productive, then find something to do to serve God so you will be fruitful and listen for his response to your inquiry about what specific thing you need to do next to move forward with his plan to prosper you and to help him turn your situation around in your favor. God is willing to do his part to help as long as you are willing to do your part and actually do it. Being thankful for all God has given you (read the blog about gratitude if you need help finding something to be thankful for) and for all God is working behind the scenes to do is another way to find peace so that you are able to sleep at night. Peace be with you all and may God turn your terrible situation around in your favor (for all who need this prayer, this applies to you). Thank you God that you heard this prayer and that you will help the people reading this with the things they stand in need of.