Deuteronomy 2:2-3: The Lord spake unto me saying, "Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. "
A biologist experimented with what he called "processional caterpillars". He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant so that the lead caterpillars was head-to- tail with the last caterpillars, with no break in the parade. The tiny creatures walked around the rim of the pot for a full week before they died of exhaustion and starvation. Not once did any of them break out of line and venture over to the plants to eat. Food was only inches away, but their follow-the-crowd instinct was stronger than the drive to eat and survive. Thesame thing happens to entire generation of Israelites. They walked in circle in the wilderness for forty years, even though they were only eleven miles from the promise land. If you're in a rut today, ask yourself these three questions:
Is this rut of my own making? We choose a rut because it's comfortable and requires no risk. And getting out of it requires courage and a willingness to make tough choices you follow through on.
Who am I following? We adopt certain pattern because someone has taught them to us directly, or by example. Instead of mindlessly following the crowd, seek God's will for your life and commit yourself to doin it.
Where am I going? The Bible says, "where there is no vision, the people perish" (prov. 29:18). If you want to get out of the rut, you're I today, ask God to give you a vision for your life- He will! And when he does, pour yourself into it.
You can't do one thing and expect a different result, you must change the pattern to make a difference. And to be like Jesus requires that our minds are renew continually until we are changed. If our old life yields no result or is not heading the direction to which we envisioned, then it's a clear indication that we ought to change our rut.
Habits that yields no Godly results ought to be changed, a lifestyle that brings nothing but pain out to be changed. Following the crowd is one great mistake that a man can do because it surely will lead him to a path that was not designed for you.