The same old disease

Have you ever felt that your life was going nowhere? Each day, each week, each month, and each year, it’s the same old thing. It’s almost like a dream and you can’t wake up.

You live in the same old house, drive the same old car, go to the same old job each day, work with the same old people, who complain or talk about the same old things. You get up in the morning take a shower in the same old shower, eat breakfast at the same old table, eat the same old thing, drink the same old things. Then you come home at night to the same old place, eat supper the same old way, watch the same old programs on TV, and go to bed in the same old way.

You may have the “same old disease.” You are in a bad rut. You are what I call the walking dead. Your dreams and excitement died years ago, but you still are around. Just hanging on. Just going through the motions called life.

I believe this is a very common disease that has affected people and they don’t  know it. Most are good working people with children and maybe a home church. They are not law breakers and they pay their taxes. Still they have it, “the same old disease.”

This disease is not fatal, if detected in time. The good news is that there is a cure. The problem is to admit that you have the disease. From the outside things may look normal, but you may be in denial. Maybe you have been this way so long, it just seems normal. But, your dreams are long gone and your enthusiasm is a thing of the past. If you think you have this disease then let’s look at the cure.

We know we are creatures of habit. Doing everything the same way every time; from the time we get dressed in the morning until we retire at night. So here is the first step:

Begin to do things differently. Sit on a different chair at the table. Put the other sock on first. Sleep on the other side of the bed. Try different TV programs. Spend time with some new friends. Mow the yard a different way. Try some different clothes. Change your hair style. Try different places to eat. Drive another way to work. Maybe even try a new job.

What I am trying to say is that we form habits, but eventually our habits form us. We have the “same old disease” and don’t know it.

There is something exciting about new things. Dreams are about new things. I am not talking about materialism, but change. A new baby, a new friend, a new day, a new opportunity, a new house, a new year, etc.

The real cure for the “same old disease” is newness. Get excited about something different, new challenges, new risks and many other things.

We become very boring people when we talk about the same old things. As a Christian, I found my cure in Jesus Christ. He continues to make things new in my life.

Remember, if you always do what you have always done, you will always have what you’ve always had.

— Yoder is an evangelist at the Christian Church at Cogan Station