Break Free from the Rut!
by Diana Scothorn
After going through a divorce twenty-one years ago and then being single for ten years, I had no idea the day before that, “tomorrow,” I would meet my husband, and my life would be forever changed!
It was just a typical day, like any other day! It seemed very insignificant to me! I worked, I went to the gym, and I went home like any other day. There’s not an insignificant day in the Kingdom, and every day has been planned with a purpose!
So many times…
…we get caught in the rut of today!
I was consumed with my day and my career! Unbeknownst to me, I had a coworker and lifelong friend who had a client that was ninety-two years old and recognized as the oldest matchmaker in the world! We are talking before match.com!
My friend had pre-arranged and finagled me into meeting this little old woman to screen and interview me for a match! She had a huge write up in the paper, as a world-renowned matchmaker, having the highest success rate for the perfect match! I thought the entire thing was ridiculous!
I met this little old woman on a Tuesday night, and three days later, on Friday after work, I received a phone call from my soon-to-be husband!. We met for dinner the next evening, and it turned out we not only lived ten miles apart, but we were also of the same faith, attending the same church, our birthdays twenty-three days apart, and SURPRISE….90 days later, we were married!
A rut is defined as “a fixed or established mode of procedure or life course, usually dull or unpromising!” In our thinking, it can be doing the same thing day in and day out, without seeing anything new in our future! The rut we may be in today has no bearing on the day God has planned for our tomorrow, and God wants us to see beyond just our today!
It’s changing diapers, cleaning the house, starting a diet yet again, chauffeuring the kids, going to work, coming home, cooking dinner, doing homework, going to bed, wakeup, and repeat! A rut mentality will begin to cause you to devalue the beauty of the gift of life today! When I talk to anyone who’s been sick, and God’s healed them, they never look at a new day the same way.
It’s not until we lose what we have that we appreciate what we had all along! We take for granted the gift of the people God’s placed in our lives, and the gift of each new day! We have to make sure we realize every day’s a gift from God!
I’ve learned to get excited about the little things in the day and look forward to tomorrow as well. I’ve heard so many moms over the years wish they would’ve spent more time enjoying their children instead of worrying about the house being clean! I hear painful stories of fathers who spent so much time trying to climb the corporate ladder that they missed their child take their first steps!
These 3 simple things help identify if you have a rut mentality…
- You see no significance in what you do each day.
- You feel run-down, mentally, and physically.
- You don’t anticipate anything good or look forward to much.
We miss so much by allowing ourselves to get in a rut! Regardless of yesterday, we can dramatically change the directions of our day tomorrow! God wants us to continue to do what we know to do while He does what only He can do!
When we allow our lives to become a rut in our minds, we devalue the things we have and take them for granted! A young woman who longs to conceive a baby would love to change dirty diapers and rock her crying baby to sleep!
The Bible says that the Lord gives skillful and Godly Wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding! It’s difficult to understand how we’ll get where we need to be when we are simply in the ordinary of our routine day!
God didn’t call us to understand; He called us to trust and obey! God expects us to consistently and faithfully trust Him with each day, no matter how insignificant our day may appear! In doing what we know to do, He has planned significant things to take place in our day…get ready for some God surprises!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9 that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” God may have a divine connection that’ll change your career, your relationships, your finances, and ultimately your destiny! God has it all planned and wants to partner with you on your journey!
If we rush through the day, just trying to get through the day, we’ll miss the “gift” God has planned for today, which can dramatically change tomorrow!
We never know when, in the course of our routine, God will have a surprise that will change our destiny forever!
We have to be looking beyond today and mindful that God has planned tomorrow with our future in mind! It’s so exciting to know your steps are ordered by the Lord and he has good things planned for you, it’s time to get ready for a new adventure!
Diana Scothorn has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10 plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted.
She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a market place ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze.
Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.