Now, going on with the quicksand idea. Let's say you're in quicksand. Let's say there's a rope connected to a tree, lying well within reach and you could (with some effort, granted) pull yourself out.
What do you do?
Well. Most people I talk to make themselves comfortable and start blaming others for getting them into the quicksand in the first place. Or for not picking them out of it. Or they blame the quicksand for keeping them stuck.
The rope, their way out, goes unnoticed and unwanted. Because, hell, getting out on our own is just too much effort.
Now is it me, or does this way of thinking sound absolutely insane?
I mean, people are so fast to blame God for not giving them the miracle needed to escape. They absolutely refuse to acknowledge that the rope that they can save themselves with is in fact that miracle. Where else would it have come from?
I'm going to share two harsh truths with you that I had to learn a few years ago.
Your circumstances are your choice.
No one else is going to save yourself from them.
Right about now, I figure some of you stopped reading. But if you're with me, think about it for a moment.
If you're not happy, but don't do something to address the problem, you made a choice to do nothing. And if that's the method you've been using so far, how has it been working out for you?
Fact is, I know there are some people who are drowning in situations beyond their control. People stuck in the lowest lows of poverty. People with special needs. And even then, there are some who do everything in their power to rise above their circumstances.
And you, wonderful person reading this post, probably have it a LOT easier.
The only person who's to blame for where you are is you. And you're the only one who's going to get you out onto safe ground. And yes, it'll be incredibly hard. I'm not saying it's a walk in the park. But one thing I promise you. Once you start wanting to move, God will help you to move.
So for heaven's sake! Do yourself a favor and do something. Challenge yourself to do something you've always wanted to do, but couldn't whatever reason you had while blaming someone or someone else. That's your rope.
That's going to be how you free yourself from your circumstances.
I realize now that I've made a serious mistake. I've been blaming everyone and everything around me for not living the life You intended for me. Even You.
Even though (name the person/thing that landed you in this situation, if applicable) brought me into this situation, I now know that I'm responsible for staying here so long. Me. No one else.
Forgive me, Lord, for blaming You.
Please guide me. Help me to recognize what it is You want me to do. And please, Lord, give me the strength to do it.
I pray this in Jesus's name,