A Devotion for Benzo & Antidepressant Withdrawal: Eyes on the Prize

February 11, 2019

A MESSAGE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR REACHING OUR GOALS

 

Theme of the Month at the Lovely Grind: DETERMINATION

 

February 2019

 

 

What Does It Take to Move Forward In Life?

 

To move forward in life, we need great goals and great focus: one without the other doesn't work. Today, start thinking about how you can keep a clear and forward focus in all areas of your life. Set goals and ask God to keep you on a path that is defined and free of distractions. 

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 NASB

 

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 ESV

 

What keeps people from moving forward in meaningful ways? Sometimes, there is no forward movement because there is no goal. If there isn’t any important destination to reach, then why bother moving quickly or at all?

 

Maybe you’ve seen examples of unmotivated people sitting still. If there is no great goal, then there is no great motivation.

 

But what about when we do have tangible goals we're reaching for? What can stall us then? Some people have lofty goals but get distracted easily. Their eyes and ears pay attention to all incoming criticisms, and their bodies get discouraged by required sacrifices. Their minds get confused thinking about past disappointments, and their goals are ultimately no match for the demons and adversity they face. People who are successful usually have great goals and great focus.

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When it comes to our spiritual goals, Jesus clearly outlined the things we should pursue. We are to live a selfless life of love while sharing the Gospel message. We are to seek spiritual enlightenment and share what we find with others. We already have these outlined missions worth pursuing, but what about the focus we need to move toward them each day?

 

Having the right focus means looking ahead, not behind, and spiritually we can do this by forgiving both others and ourselves. We can also stay focused by putting spiritual growth at the top of each day’s priority list, even when important family or professional matters need our attention. Every day we must take stock of how we’ve progressed—or struggled—spiritually.

 

Today, think about how you can progress spiritually, professionally, and in your personal life. When it comes to finding personal and professional inspiration, make a list of renowned people you admire and then research their goals and their focus. Read or watch biographies of your favorite authors, athletes, actors, or musicians, and take note of how these people set goals and then kept their focus despite troubled times.

 

As I navigated the challenges of SSRI withdrawal and Benzodiazepine withdrawal, I read countless biographies and memoirs that detailed the struggles and victories of people from all walks of life. Getting lost in the stories of others, reading about how they overcame challenges, is a great way to see past the current pain we are experiencing and to keep our eyes set toward our own goals.

 

And so is spiritual reading, and prayer. By looking up to the One who is so much greater than our day-to-day struggles (but also involved in them), we can release our anxieties and gain perspective.

 

Ask God to keep you motivated and moving forward in a spiritual sense, today. As you work toward self-improvement, never neglect your spiritual health. Today, ask God to keep you strong as you move forward in all aspects of your life.

 

Prayer: Dear God, allow me to trust You when You tell me to look forward. Allow me to pursue meaningful growth - professionally, personally, and spiritually - without being distracted by the footsteps of critics or by the possibility of disappointment. Help me to live confidently and productively through faith each day.

 

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Until next time,

 

Michael Priebe

 

 

 
 

MICHAEL PRIEBE is is a writer and personal development coach. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with honors, and over the years he has used both fiction and nonfiction formats to comment on politics, sports, relationships, health, and spiritual issues. In 2017 he released a workday devotional, The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays (ORDER HERE), and he currently blogs about a variety of topics at Michaelpriebewriter.com and Lovelygrind.com. You can get all of his blog posts by signing up for his mailing list here, and you can enjoy all of his YouTube videos here.

 

 

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CONTACT ME ABOUT COACHING

 

If you or someone you know is struggling to survive the pain and confusion of prescription drug withdrawal or chronic stress, I would like to offer my coaching services.

 

Stress can suck the joy out of life, and the withdrawal process can be challenging (I know from experience). However, with the proper tools and mindset, these things can be survived and even used for greater growth.

 

If you or someone you care about is trying to quit antidepressant or benzodiazepine medications, trying to heal during withdrawal from these medications, or simply trying to reduce stress levels, please click here to email me about coaching options and availability.

 

 

Is professional life getting you down? Does the stress of the daily grind have you feeling angry, anxious, or just plain numb? If so, please check out my 90-day devotional, The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays. The messages in this book are meant to help you find daily comfort and growth while getting closer to God and your own best future, so I really hope that you'll check it out! Order a copy today for yourself or a coworker!

 

 

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