Originally written Feb. 25, 2014
What does it mean to "reroot" your life? As I have worked through this process during the past year, I have discovered that part of growing as a person is to pull out of negative or worthless thought and behavior patterns and develop new and healthy ones. Easier said than done I know but it seems to be part of the plan.
I don't know if its because I have felt the need to reconfigure some things in my life after the bottom dropped out of it, or if it has been a part of some sort of midlife crisis after turning a certain age...ok, after turning 50, but I have been on an intense journey of creating change. I suppose we all come to these defining moments so I have decided to use it to my advantage.
At the moment, I am very much aware of just how brief our time in this life really is. As I sit in a hospital room with my mom who just had her 2nd knee replaced, I am surrounded by people who are much older than I am whose bodies are starting to betray them as they live out their "sunset years" as they are called.
These years don't seem to be much fun actually as I sit around groups of them in the retired community where my mom lives and they engage in lets say, different topics of conversations than I am used to. They laugh and joke about the various effects of aging, but it I'm sure that it gets all very frustrating to not be able to do what was once so easy.
Now, as I am the "young" one on the block for a while, I have a renewed motivation to enjoy the life that I do have left and to look at the trivial things that can cause me to get bogged down and hold me back. I can get so stuck on focusing on the negatives in my life that I forget to enjoy the positives, or I can get fixated on the unimportant. I am seeing the need to be "rerooted" in what will bring peace, enjoyment and fulfillment so that I can flourish instead of just make it through.
I have decided that the areas that I want to change fall into 5 different categories so I am going to be sharing ideas on this blog that I come up with on how to enrich those areas, thinking that they are probably similar to your own.
1. Our Vital Root System: Our relationship with God rooted in Christ
Colossians 2:6-7 says "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to love in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
The most important part of rerooting has to include constantly asking God to reveal His truth to us and to help us to apply it. As we spend time in His Word and in prayer, He has promised to give us this wisdom.
2. Personal Expression
Stasi Eldredge in the book Captivating:Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul says, "We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to reveal.
Beauty so often brings peace and peace is exactly what I am looking for in my life. I have discovered that I need to simplify my own clothing style, decorating style, and work on some organization in my environment. The trick is to be able to express who we are through these means without depending on them for our sense of identity or to focus on them too much.
As we look at the world that God created, He seems to have this desire to express Himself through the beauty and artistry of nature itself. As I continue to become more comfortable with who I am as a person, the more opportunities I have to share that self with others, revealing the presence of God in my life.
3. Cultivation through experience
Eleanore Roosevelt said, "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the upmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." That is the way that I want to live and a way that I think I can honor God with my life. I want my life to matter to Him and to help fulfill the destiny that He designed me for in order to bring Him glory, but I also want to honor my life by living it to the fullest. I want to cultivate and enrich my life through new experiences, travel, fun, and creative ways to serve others. I will be looking for opportunities to reconfigure this part of my life and challenge you to do the same.
4. Nourishment and Strength
This is a complex area but one that I need to work on. I am by nature motivated to be consistent in the area of exercise although I am trying to stretch myself to find a variety of activities to promote my fitness level. I also need to work on my cooking abilities. I don't always like taking the time to make meals so I need to ramp it up a bit. I want to work on making creative, healthy meals and really want to work on my presentation. Why not feel like you're eating in a gourmet restaurant in your own home! The tricky thing is that I am eating gluten and dairy free at this point so I have some unique challenges! I am looking forward to sharing some of the ideas that I come up with!
5. Entwining relationships
It is often said that we are created for relationship; relationship with God and with others. When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus said in Matthew 22:36-40 to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." That shows the importance that God places on how we relate to others, so this is something that I know I constantly need to work on.
I have lived many years with the lie that I need to remain separated from people in order to protect myself from being hurt by them. Now, I am working on connecting and loving others in order to be a servant to them the way God calls me to.
I am looking forward to working on these areas of my life that I am trying to reroot and am excited to share them with you. I am hoping that these ideas will be an encouragement to you as you reroot yours as well.