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What's your Slimy Pit?

We all have slimy pits in our lives. Places and situations that we wish we'd never visited and people that were destructive and damaging in our lives. Slimy pits are nasty stinky situations that we'd really rather not think about and absolutely never revisit. I've had my fair share of slimy pits and I know from experience that until I clean them up the stink follows me

wherever I go and affects every relationship and situation that I find myself in. My ability to confront and clean up a slimy pit is hugely important to my emotional wellbeing and to my ability to live out my purpose and passion. Thankfully, because I'm a Jesus follower I don't have to clean them up all on my own. Over fifteen years ago as I was struggling through a particularly difficult time in my life floundering in a huge nasty slimy pit that I couldn't find my way out of I came across this verse. Psalm 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and the mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him." I will never forget the relief I felt that I wasn't alone in my struggle. At that point in my life I was too ashamed to talk about my struggles, fears and insecurities with others so I was trapped in that nasty place all alone until I let God into the mess. We will never be able to live our lives with purpose and passion until we deal with our messes. We have to have people around us that will help us navigate the mess and see clear steps forward. Yes, that means we have to invite people into the mess with us which I recognize is a difficult and scary thing to do. However, over the last ten years one of the most valuable lessons I've learned is that when I invite someone into my mess and into the slimy pit I'm standing in they understand. They aren't horrified by my situation. They don't run away in disgust. They are usually honored to walk with me through the mess. Side note... SAFE PEOPLE! Don't invite everyone into your mess. Only invite the people in your life who have earned the privilege to be there. The people that you trust and that have put the time and energy into your relationship that proves that they are safe. Sometimes it's helpful to gain outside perspective from a counselor or therapist (I love mine!) Just don't stay stuck. Be brave and clean up the mess then move forward to live with purpose and passion!

Are you ready to live your purpose free from the things that have been holding you back?