No one is coming to rescue you, but when you make small changes to pivot toward the positive, you can rescue yourself.
- Chris Freytag
Good morning, friends! I hope you are off to a great start to your week. Let’s all begin well.
As to the quote, let’s not be confused. I’m talking about the here and now; the word in the quote is “rescue”, not “save”. Now we’re clear. The image of a rescuer in our culture is strong, a hope for someone to “fix” us or our situation. I think the roots of the rescuer image rest in desire to make someone else responsible, to defer our own responsibility, to create an object of blame. Deflecting responsibility compares to a sugar diet; it satisfies a desire for the moment but comes with dangerous side effects. More accurately we are all responsible for ourselves. We may have support, but responsibility cannot be deflected. When we find ourselves down or defeated a dream of a rescuer is no help. Help begins with a good decision, a good action and a positive movement. When we couple that first good effort with a second one, and then a third one, we find ourselves with momentum that can be our rescue. It all begins not with a rescue, but with that first, or next, good effort. What area of your life needs one good effort? What situation of yours could use momentum towards a rescue? Don’t wait for a rescuer that isn’t going to come. Get busy and rescue yourself, with good decisions, good actions and positive momentum. Invest in yourself this way, and enjoy the new and improved you! I will pray for your courage to begin, and know you have what it takes to make it happen. Have a wonderful week.
1 Kings 19:9b-13