The saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss!” Nothing could be further from the truth.
I can tend to have the personality that if I ignore something, it will go away – never to bother me again!
How many of you are like that?
The issues that can be ignored are endless, health, relationships, financial, workplace, church … it could go on and on.
I know of some people who are struggling with their marriage, but they absolutely refuse to address the issues – hoping things will just get better. I know of some others who are struggling in raising their children (these children are of any age) and they do nothing to address the situation. I know of others who have health issues and fail to address their situation hoping that things will “just get better”.
I have fallen into that last area. I have some health issues I have ignored the past several months. I went to the doctor this past week and found out that ignoring things has not helped. In fact, ignoring things NEVER helps!
So, what can a person do to fight this tendency to ignore things?
- Admit it! First we must admit there is an issue. This is obvious, but necessary.
- Seek accountability. Find someone to help hold you accountable for movement. I have another appointment with my doctor in four weeks and progress will need to be made by then. Find someone and ask for this!
- Have daily reminders! In regards to my health, there are daily things I need to do. What can you do to work on your financial situation daily? How can you keep that in the forefront? Perhaps a note on your mirror or at your desk at work.
- Turn it over to God. When you are at the end of your rope and you don’t know what to do, turn it over to God. “Trying harder” doesn’t work. Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says in Matthew 11, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The doctor warned me in regards to ignoring my health issues. There may come a point of “no return” when things can’t get better. This is the same for any issue you choose to ignore. You may get to that point of “no return”, when it is too late to make changes. Do something before it gets to that point!
What are you ignoring right now? What are your first couple steps you need to take to address that issue?