Made to be Great, Change for the Greater

If you ever hear me talk about someone I absolutely adore, whether he or she is an actual person or a fictional character, you’ll hear me gush and ramble.

I won’t disclose a full list, but I will name a few. Earlier this week, I finished rereading my favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and if you were to come up to me in the next week or so and start discussing Atticus Finch, my heart would be so overwhelmed with happiness and affection that either my face would light up like a sunbeam or I would start crying.

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is happier to hear a One Direction song and more at the ready to defend them when someone starts speaking badly of them. Those five guys make my heart smile so much, it’s ridiculous.

One of my favorite professors in college was Dr. Beth Huber. She is a phenomenal professor, a hippie and an activist, an expert on the Beats, and her favorite band is Green Day. She’s weird, and I love it. I saw her the semester after I had her class, and she told me to send her a friend request on Facebook, and the only thing I could think was, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you actually want to be my friend.”

Another person I just love is Lisa Harper. If you read the blog I ran during my internship with New Spring Church, you may recall the series I did on her book Untamed.

Through reading Untamed twice, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about Harper other than the fact that she’s a writer. To begin with, she’s a good writer, a distinction that’s necessary to point out. She’s extremely intelligent, funny, and honest. She’s forgiving and has a heart so teeming with love and joy that she and God must be best friends. But it’s clear that Harper’s life isn’t perfect, and I love it when a human isn’t afraid to show that they’re human.

When Alan asked Sunday if we ever wished that we were as successful as anyone else, my thoughts were along the lines of, “You have no idea.”

There are so many writers that I look up to and enjoy reading, including Harper. Some of them are as great of people as they are authors. I would love to be able to write like them and be as successful as they are. And there are people who have skills and qualities that I don’t have at all that I would also like to have. I’d love to be more like all of my favorite people and heroes.

But I don’t actually want to be any of them. More like them, yes, but not them. They all have qualities and successes I would like to have, but believe it or not, there are actually some perks to being me. Among those perks are my unique relationship with God and my own mountains to climb and descend.

It’s impossible to be a greater version of myself if I’m being someone else.

It’s easy to get in ruts or down to low points and think, “Well, this is as good as it gets, and it’s not that great.”

And I hope we’ve all had moments when we just pause and think, “Man, it just doesn’t get better than this.”

Fortunately, that’s not true. No matter how your life is now – whether it is outstandingly terrible or outstandingly fantastic – God has better things in store for you.

For example, my life was going well enough before I found out that All Time Low (a band I’m a fan of) is coming to North Carolina in April. My life then got even better when I was able to get a ticket to go see them (and a fast lane pass so I won’t have to stand in line as long).

I know what you’re thinking. “Carrie, that’s awesome! How could it get any better?”

I’m not saying that the following will happen, but all things are possible with God, so I’m saying that it has the potential to happen: During the band’s performance, the guitarist sees me in the audience and sort of falls in love with me then and there. See? A great life made even greater.

On a more serious note (although I do seriously have a crush on Jack Barakat, the previously mentioned guitarist, and consider this my written request to God to please let that scenario happen), God only wants to make our lives greater.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah finds his soon-to-be apprentice, Elisha, at work, plowing a field.

Not so great, right? Hats off to him for doing what he had to do, but he wasn’t exactly out living the dream. I imagine he often returned to his house sweaty, dirty, and tired. But while it might not have been an easy or glitzy life, it was a good one. As far as we know, Elisha and his family didn’t need or want anything. It might not be the career we would probably pursue, but Elisha was, at the very least, content with it.

Then Elijah arrives on the orders of God, puts his cloak around Elisha, and walks off expecting the guy to follow. Instead of questioning him or ignoring him, Elisha simply says, “Hold on. I need to tell my parents goodbye first.” Elijah tells him to go back and think on everything that’s happened.

Does Elisha decide not to go through with it, decide that he wouldn’t be able to do what was being asked of him now and what would be later, that he was fine where he was and didn’t want to risk it?

No, he doesn’t. The fear of change that so often stops us from moving forward or moving up didn’t seize Elisha. He slaughters the oxen that pulled his plow and burns the plow itself. He welcomes the bigger, better plans God has for him.

There’s something about change that makes a lot of us uneasy. I suppose there are many reasons for it, but the element of change that I dislike is how it takes away the comfort I feel in something.

One reason I was nervous about post-college life was I knew that every average day would basically be the same. (I know that probably sounds stupid, but hear me out.) I’d wake up, go to work, come home and do whatever I wanted for a few hours, and go to bed, only to do it all over again the next day. I’ve never been a stranger to a routine, but when you’re in school, you get breaks to spice up your routine or your semester ends and you get to create a different routine if you want. I liked the regularly scheduled changes, the timed ebb and flow. I was afraid of the change that meant there wouldn’t be any more change, but it’s been more exciting than I thought it’d be.

Even if change makes us uncomfortable, we should take comfort in knowing that any change God brings us to will make us and our lives greater. Jesus said that He came to give us life abundantly (John 10:10), not to lead us in a life of dullness. So why are we settling for just that? Because that’s exactly what we’re doing when we resist God’s desire and plan for us to be greater. Don’t miss out because you don’t like change. Don’t be afraid of new things because they might end up being your favorite things. Don’t be afraid of a new life because if God has a hand in it, it will definitely be a better one.

By Carrie Prevette

Love to the Point of Complete Joy

I remember my first time at Abstract Church relatively well. It was in February or March, and I was home from college. I was a little nervous because the only person I knew there was my brother, and I don’t like clinging to someone in a new environment like that, but I knew that’s exactly what would happen.

I say I remember it “relatively” well because I don’t remember everything, like the exact date or even what the sermon was about that day. What I do recall the most (and the best) from my first time at Abstract, and what has kept me coming back ever since, is the freedom and love I felt the entire time I was there.

Now, I’m not here to slam or call out anyone, especially churches, but I do want to say that I’ve been to a few churches before – some that I visited and some that I attended – where I didn’t feel so welcome or loved. And I’ve been to some where I did feel loved, but none so much as Abstract.

The beautiful part of it is that I get those very same vibes whenever I walk into the church or any Abstract event. Getting to know the people who volunteer and the leaders in the church have only reinforced the sense of peace and freedom I feel at Abstract.

I’m not singing Abstract’s praises because I had nothing else to write about. I’m saying all of this because I’m extremely proud of what Abstract has accomplished, the goals we’ve set for this year, and the heart everyone involved has for God and His Kingdom.

Jesus said in John 15:9-17 (NRSV), “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

(I encourage you to read various translations of this scripture because while they all have the same bottom line, I think there is something special to be taken away from each of them. For example, I like the way the NRSV translates the bit about being friends and not servants the best out of the versions I read, but I like the way the NLT says the part about joy better. Maybe the more you explore the scripture, the more you’ll find in what God’s telling us here.)

I often say that I believe the key to Christianity (and life, for that matter) is really simple and we’re just making a mess of it. And I believe that key can be found in this scripture: obey and love Jesus/God and love everyone. (On a side note, I’d like to point out there are other places in scripture that echo this thought. I’ll refer you to John 13:34-35 and Matthew 22:34-40.)

If you look at everything from creation to what’s happening in your own life right now, love produces good. If you can’t really or completely see that, let me help you find it through scripture. God is love (1 John 4:16), and all that is good and perfect comes from God (James 1:17). Even if we can’t see what that good is, we know that only the best will come out of love and loving acts.

Love makes a difference because it’s so opposed to what we ordinarily encounter.

You don’t have to look long and hard to see that the world’s actually an incredibly messed up place that’s not only in desperate need of change, but also in severe need of love. I won’t provide any examples here as I’m sure you’ve already got plenty of your own in mind.

Jesus didn’t just sit around and throw out commandments every day, so it’s important that we make note of what He says in John 15. His commandment is to love others. While that may be difficult to do, it’s not that hard of a concept to understand.

His commandment was to love, and there are multiple reasons why He said it. First, it sets us apart. While a lot of translations call us “God’s own people,” or something similar in 1 Peter 2:9, I’m a big fan of how it’s phrased in the King James Version. It calls us “a peculiar people.” No one ever made a difference by being the exact same as everyone else. So in order for us to bring attention and glory to God, people first have to see that there’s something about us that stands out. Second, people don’t just see that there’s something different about us; they know it’s something they want and even need. It’s not something small, either. It’s life altering, and people recognize that. Third, at some point people realize that it’s not so much the vessel as what’s in it. It’s not about me doing it. It’s not about any particular person. It’s about someone, anyone, allowing God to work and be shown through that person. People will recognize that what’s so great about us actually has nothing to do with us; it has everything to do with God.

Jesus also tells us to go and bear lasting fruit. That’s another thing that’s difficult to find: something that lasts. But God and love leave lasting effects. I believe that love and acts of love impact those around us and ourselves as well. Love, when genuine and unwavering, tends to spread, and giving it is very habit-forming. It makes everyone involved feel better, and what’s not to be enjoyed about that? So it leaves a lasting effect on us, but it also leaves an impression on others.

Jesus tells us that He’s told us this so that we’ll have joy. And what isn’t there to be joyful about? The love of Christ is not only in us, but we’re also able to live in the love of Christ. Day in and day out, we have access to the greatest love this world ever has and ever will know.

“But Carrie, I can’t seem to find it so readily.”

I get that. I really do. It comes from living in this world. It can blind us sometimes. Or it can pile so much bad on top of the good that we miss it altogether. So I want to challenge you (as that’s exactly what it will be, a challenge) to look harder.

“Gee, thanks.”

No, I’m serious. Look harder. Actively search for it. When something terrible happens, think about what could’ve happened or what God could’ve saved you from. Or maybe the purpose of it was to open a door or someone’s eyes. You have to sort through the bad to see the good sometimes.

The human life is hit and miss. Sometimes we are on point with everything. Other times, we don’t get anything right. We can experience things and not question one bit why they’re happening because we get it. Then there are times when we couldn’t be more clueless.

I have yet to read a single Bible verse that says we’re supposed to understand it all. But I’ve read many that tell me to trust in God.

It’s so simple: Live in God’s love, and give love to everyone. That means sinner and saint alike. That includes the people you don’t like. That includes yourself. I can assure you that once you do, it’ll permanently impact your life and leave you with more joy than you’ve ever experienced.

By Carrie Prevette

Remember, You Are Not Alone

One of my favorite movies is Charlie Bartlett.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s about a teenage boy from a rich family who starts attending a public high school after being kicked out of every surrounding private school. He desperately wants to be liked by everyone, but eventually starts to realize there are more important things.

Also, Robert Downey Jr. plays the principal, and I love him.

It’s a movie that is original while tackling hard issues – the line between being a kid and being an adult, drugs, being what others expect you to be, losing people, suicide, etc. It’s filled with important topics that are handled in a refreshing way.

One of those topics is loneliness. Not a stretch for a movie about high school, right? Stereotypically speaking, it seems sort of black and white – either you were popular in high school or a loner.

But we all know the truth, which is that loneliness seldom starts and ends in high school. One of my best friends in middle school and I became really close because while we had other friends and acquaintances, it felt like the only person who could really understand us was each other. In addition, part of the reason why I wasn’t exactly excited about graduating from college and moving back home was because, at the time, I didn’t have any close friends around here, and I imagined that I would be spending a lot of time by myself.

As I’ve said before, there’s a difference between being alone and being lonely. I can spend time alone and be very happy, and I can be surrounded by people and feel lonely. However, being alone for extended periods of time (especially when that’s not necessarily what one wants) usually leads to loneliness.

I don’t need to tell you how much it blows to feel lonely. We’ve all been there, which is fairly ironic when you think about it. Over seven billion people on this planet, and at one point or another, all of us have felt like we’re the only one feeling a certain way or going through something.

I’m extremely blessed to have the three best friends that I have. If God had let me create my own best friends, I couldn’t even have made them as wonderful as they actually are. They get upset when I get upset, and they always know how to make me feel better. They listen to me rant and gush. One text or call to any of them will cure any sadness or loneliness I have.

But if I’m being honest, sometimes I’m a little hesitant to pick up the phone or bring up the subject because even though I know they love me and care for me like no one else, I’m afraid they won’t understand what I’m going through. And as it turns out, I’m usually wrong, and they do understand.

God doesn’t want you to be alone. He didn’t want to be alone, so why would He want to put you through it?

I’ve often wondered what it was like for God before He created everything. Even though I don’t know the answer to that question, I do know that eventually, God must have felt lonely as that is why He created mankind. He wanted someone to talk to, someone to spend time with. He didn’t just get bored and decide to start a project. Adam was made so that God would have a companion, and Eve was made so that Adam would have a companion when God wasn’t there. Even from the start, God planned it so that man wouldn’t be alone all the time.

Personally, I think the reason we start feeling lonely is because we focus too much on everyone’s differences instead of everyone’s similarities.

“He won’t understand why I’m always arguing with my dad. He has a great dad.”

“There’s no way she can relate to my insecurities. She’s gorgeous.”

“How could she understand my depression? She’s such a naturally happy person.”

It’s often a lot of assumptions and appearances, which aren’t always accurate. Plus, even if they are true, does that mean they’ve never felt that way or that they don’t feel that same way about someone or something else?

Yes, we all have differences, but we’re not completely different. Instead of viewing our differences as hindrances, we should start seeing them as ways to help us grow. New insights, unbiased opinions, and other sides of the story.

When my dad passed away, I didn’t want the company of someone whose father had also passed away. I wanted the company of my best friends. Did they understand what I was going through? No. Did that matter? No. What mattered is they were there and they cared about me. I didn’t let the fact that our lives were different drive me away from them. I let the love and bond we all shared draw me close to them.

Maybe you don’t have anyone like that. Speaking from experience, I advise you to use this time in your life to draw closer to God. I’ve been through lonely times, and they drove me closer to God because He was the only one I could turn to. I’m a better person because of it. It’s the reason we were created: to be with God and to love and be loved by Him.

There’s a scene in Charlie Bartlett where Charlie visits a friend of his who recently tried to kill himself. Charlie says that he’s missing the big picture, how he could’ve been born as something else on another planet, but he gets to be a human on earth today.

So you’re alive today for a reason. If you’re lonely, I can guarantee you it won’t last forever and that the purpose of it is so that you’ll grow closer to God. It doesn’t mean that your life is a waste or that you’re just biding your time until all of this blows over. It means God is reaching out to you.

God’s arm is outstretched and His hand is open. He’s just waiting for you to take it. But know that when you take it, you’re going to eventually have to drop whatever it is you’re holding onto. It could be a grudge, anger, sentiment, or insecurity. Maybe you can’t drop it right away. Maybe you’re used to the way it feels as you cling to it. That’s okay. If you’re serious about moving on or deepening your relationship with God, you’ll drop it eventually. It may not be easy, but it’ll somehow happen because you’ll realize that God is infinitely better.

By Carrie Prevette

Coming Into Focus

My brother and I like to joke around with my sister, Sunnie, about how she’s not spontaneous at all. She’s a woman who likes a plan, and while I respect that, it’s not always very much fun. Derek and I will go to the movies or to play putt putt on a whim. But when we invite Sunnie to go with us, it throws her off. It’s not how she had planned on spending her afternoon (a valid point and reason not to join), so she usually won’t do it with us. If she does go with us, she kind of takes a minute to just freak out.

One time, the three of us went to Mount Airy on a Saturday. I can’t remember if we went to see a movie or to shop in the local stores, but when we were done, I said to Derek, “We should go to Virginia.” (For those of you reading this who may not know, we weren’t far from the state line.) Derek thought it was a great idea. Sunnie, however, who was sitting in the backseat, was not so excited about it. Talk of how that wasn’t the plan commenced. Derek and I realized that it was causing her some anxiety, so we ditched the idea pretty quickly after that.

That was the day I learned just how much my sister doesn’t like deviating from a plan. She says that she’s working on it. Her first move, from what she’s told me, towards being more spontaneous was purchasing Linkin Park tickets three or four months in advance. (Don’t ask me how that’s spontaneous because I don’t really understand it, but it makes sense to her, and I suppose that’s all that matters. Plus, she’s very excited about it, and I love seeing other people get excited about things they love or look forward to.)

To clarify, while I enjoy the freedom of not always having a plan, I have no problems with making plans. Sometimes making plans is not only smarter, but really important as well. Making a plan for what I’m doing when I get off work tomorrow isn’t that big of a deal to me. Making a plan for where I want to be in the next five years of my life is a big deal to me, and it’s important if I don’t want to end up exactly where I am right now.

Maybe you have some big plans for the New Year, and I think that’s great. Your plan could be to eat healthier or travel more or work harder at achieving your dreams. Whatever it is, I’m sure you’re focused and you have a strategy.

But sometimes our plans don’t work out. I’m not saying that to discourage you. I’m saying it because it’s true, and to let you know that while it is true, life goes on.

I won’t bore you with the details (if you’re really interested, comment or contact me and we’ll chat), but suffice it to say that I’ve made plans, some significantly more important than others, that didn’t work out. Not only did I survive and am alive to tell you about it, but I can tell you that I’m actually better off because they didn’t work out.

I could go on and on about how my experiences have made me who I am and how I love who I am, which would be very true. I mostly say I’m better off because I’ve gained a lot of things from what actually happened that would never have happened if my original plans had played out. I wouldn’t have met a lot of the people I’ve met, I wouldn’t have grown as a person the way that I have, and I wouldn’t have learned some of the things I consider pieces of wisdom that God has shown me.

The reason it’s all worked out is because when my original plans crumbled, I’ve somehow managed (with immeasurable help of God, of course) to find another strategy while maintaining my focus. There have also been times when I’ve had to refocus because my heart and mind weren’t where they should’ve been.

2 Samuel 7 tells of a situation where King David’s plans didn’t work out, but everything turned out for the best. If you don’t have the time or energy to turn there, I understand. It’s a lot of reading, so I’ll summarize it here.

David was talking to Nathan, and he said how it didn’t seem right that he was living in this nice, cedar house while the Ark of the Covenant stayed in a tent. (Imagine sleeping in a five-star hotel while God’s down the road a bit in a sketchy motel whose biggest draw is that they have colored TV.) Nathan tells him to do whatever it was he had in mind and that God was with him. But that night, God tells Nathan to tell David that He hadn’t lived in a house since He brought His people out of Egypt, and He never complained about it. He tells Nathan to remind David of where God brought him from, how He’s always been with David, and how He’s handled David’s enemies. He says He’ll appoint a place for the Israelites to live. And He says that He’ll give David a family and establish David’s son’s kingdom. David’s son, not David, will build God a house, and he will be a son of God, and God will be a father to him.

Nathan tells David, and God’s words humble him. He recalls what all God has done for him and praises God. David proclaims God’s power and God’s love for His people, and he takes heart in God’s promises.

Nowhere in the story do we see that David is upset that he isn’t the one who is to build God a house. We know that he wanted to and probably had his heart set on it after Nathan gave him the green light to do so. But instead of being crushed that God doesn’t want him to do it, David praises God for what He’s already done for David and what He’s going to do through David and his son.

David’s plan changed, but his focus never did. His focus was on God and His will, and that’s exactly why it didn’t bother him in the least when God told him not to build Him a house.

It’s not our plans that matter as much as our focus.

When I think of my failed plans, I realize that maybe they were a little selfish. I didn’t exactly consult God before making them. Had I done so, I would’ve saved myself a good bit of heartache. I wanted what I wanted, and I didn’t consider God’s input until after my heart was already set on it.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t make plans that we actually want. We should. We should just consult God as well.

If your plans change, don’t worry about it. Even if it’s not part of your plan, it’s certainly part of God’s plan, and He’s not going to lead you anywhere He won’t go or that won’t benefit you. Sure, it may not be what you imagined. In fact, it probably won’t; it’ll more than likely be better. Take it from someone who’s learned that the hard way.

By Carrie Prevette

Resolution and Growth

I was talking to a man the other day, and I asked him if he’d made any New Year’s resolutions. He said no and asked if I had. I told him, “No, I don’t do resolutions.”

I know myself pretty well and am able to admit that when it comes to little promises I make to myself like that, I don’t usually keep them. For example, I said I’d keep a journal for one year back in May, and the last entry in it is from September. For further proof, I was keeping a list of one thousand things that make me happy, and honestly, I don’t really know for sure where that notebook is at. Wherever it is, it has maybe 50 things listed in it. As you can see, a New Year’s resolution for me is just a goal that probably won’t be met or a promise waiting to be broken.

Of course, there are things I would like to improve upon. I’d like to become generally more organized and tidier or be better at sticking to a budget. But I’m not going to say I’ll do it and then be disappointed when/if I don’t. I’d rather say I want to do it, and be pleasantly surprised when/if it happens.

If you’re a resolution-maker, I hope you get the change you want. I’m rooting for you.

While I don’t make resolutions, I do like progression and growth. I’ll encourage and promote them every time.

Ordinarily, reflection is first required for progression and growth to happen. Reflection is only fun if the experience was positive. I don’t mind reflecting on a concert I went to back in October where I got to meet, hang out with, and hug a musician I love. It was one of the highlights of my year and probably in the top 25 events of my life. When I reflect on the several times I’ve made plans with friends and bailed on them, however, I kind of start to hate myself.

I think spiritual reflection is important as well, although I recommend doing it more frequently than once a year.

Maybe you’re not as close to God as you want to be or even as close to Him as you were a year or six months ago. Then again, you could be thriving in your relationship with God, and your spiritual life might be at an all-time high.

One thing I love about God is that it’s never too late to make it right.

Let’s say a woman felt God convicting her two or three weeks ago, but she didn’t do anything about it. Let’s say she wants to make everything right, but she’s afraid it’s too late now.

It’s not. It doesn’t matter if it was three years ago or three seconds ago. You can still get everything straightened out.

It’s not like God’s ever in a mood where He won’t forgive you or He’ll stop loving you. He’s not going to say, “She didn’t act quick enough,” or “This guy kept me waiting, so now it’s his turn to wait.” That’s not how it works. God will always meet you where you’re at. You never have to go just a little bit farther. You never have to turn around and backtrack to get to Him. He’s always ready for you, patiently waiting for you to want Him.

I don’t know where people get the idea that Christians are perfect or that you have to be perfect to become a Christian from, but that’s not true at all. I mean, it’s flattering, I suppose, that someone thinks I’m perfect or that I have the capacity to be perfect, but knowing the truth, the fact that someone would think that is laughable.

Some people think there are some steps they must take or some stuff they have to get sorted out before coming to God. Not only is that unnecessary, but it makes no sense. That’d be like saying, “Something’s wrong with my car. I’m going to take it to a mechanic, but I need to fix it myself first.”

God’s a mender and a creator. Whether you need Him to mend something in your life – like a wound or a wallet, a heart or a habit – or you need Him to create something for you – such as a way out or an opportunity – He can do it. Better yet, He will if you ask Him. Why try to do it yourself and risk failing or making it all worse when you can hand it all over to God, who can definitely do something with it?

I have an almost unbelievable ability to make things worse before handing them over to God. If I have a problem, my first instinct is to try to make it better on my own because I feel like if the situation is less messy, God’s more likely to do something about it. I guess I imagine that God has this long list of things to get done every day, and He starts off with the small stuff and works His way to the more difficult tasks. And I guess I think if my situation isn’t too bad, it’ll get handled sooner.

Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you’ve read all day?

Every task is the same level of difficulty to God. It doesn’t matter if you want God to heal your stubbed toe or the cancer in your lungs. God can take care of them both easily. Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or you want just a little bit more money to pay off a bill quicker, it’s all the same level of easiness to God. We might prioritize things like that because we can only do so much. But it’s all the same to God because He can do it all.

God wants you and your life to prosper, but it can only happen if you let God do it. He gave you your life for you to live. He’s not going to control it without your consent.

I hope your reflections on the past year are helpful and/or happy. I also hope you choose to grow as a person and as a Christian. Please don’t forget that it’s never too late to turn to God. Plus, if you falter or get spun around, God’s pretty big on second or third or 79th chances.

By Carrie Prevette

P.S. – For those of you with resolutions, I’ve heard that if you do something for 30 consecutive days, it becomes a habit. So if what you’re doing is a daily thing, in theory, it’ll get easier after the first month. So good luck, and may the force be with you.

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