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Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;I had nearly lost my foothold. 

Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 

When I am practicing Yoga it is so important for me to stay focused on my breath and my balance or else I start wavering. Sometimes I find myself looking at other people to make sure that I am doing it “right.” When I do that I start to lose my footing. My teacher reminds us that it’s not about perfecting someone else’s move but rather deciding what you need to add or remove so that your practice is right for you.

The psalmist was looking at the practice of wicked people and became envious. He saw how they were prospering living wicked and he was struggling living righteously. He said, “I almost lost my footing!”

How many times have you looked at how “well” others were doing and it caused you to get off balance from your practice? “Why are they married and I’m not? How come their church is growing and mine is stagnant? How come they have money and I don’t?” When you compare yourself with other people, it can cause you to lose your footing.

Here’s what you need to do:

1.  Keep your eyes on Jesus. When Peter walked on water it was only because his focus was on Jesus been he became distracted by the winds and the waves he sank.

2.  Hold to your faith. Your faith should not waiver just because of inconsistencies around you. God does not change and neither should your faith.

3.  Approach the throne of grace with confidence knowing that Jesus has empathy for your struggle. God knows that we are human. He will help us when we stumble.

If you lose your footing get back up and finish your practice. This is not about reaching perfection. It’s about reaching for and forgetting about what’s behind you and what others are doing around you. Keep your eye on the prize and hold on!

Dear God,

Help me to regain my footing and stop looking around. You have given me a great gift to minister to your people. I am honored that you would let me practice my gift for you. Help me to get better, stronger, and wiser and please keep my feet from slipping. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen