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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. While an integral part of the homeschooling community, she developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to learners of all ages and her fascination with the written word.

Neverending Reset

5/11/2022 8:46:00 AM BY Susan Lyttek

One of my favorite books is The Neverending Story. In that, as long as the story keeps getting new storytellers, being neverending is a good thing. It makes it new all the time.

What I’m talking about isn’t so pleasant.

It’s not that it can’t be; it just usually isn’t. And to some extent, that is because of where we focus.

At this point, I’m imagining dumbfounded looks on the other end. What on earth is she talking about?

Let’s start with my day’s start, okay? You know how it goes. It generally begins with a variety of tasks and often the same tasks as the previous day. Make the bed. Empty the dishwasher. Feed the cat. Step on the scale.

With that last one, I was so hopeful. I’ve been monitoring what I eat, doing intermittent fasting and recently was able to add walking and light jogging back in. Surely, the digital readout would be kind.

Nope. It went up. Not by much, but still.

In my life, that scale thing has been a neverending reset. I wish it wasn’t. There have been seasons where my weight drops nicely without a ton of effort on my part, then life messes with the equilibrium. Suddenly I find myself right back at the beginning of the battle wondering how I got there.  And then I try what had been working and it does nada. So I have to wage war again and find the next successful strategy.

I think if you separate the two words I have in the title, you can have the entirety of life under the sun. Much of it is the neverending. The drudgery. The daily stuff that just needs doing for survival and maintenance. The tasks that most everyone needs either to do or have done for them. Then resets happen when random pops in for a visit. That random can be good—a new job or friend for instance—or bad—a new job you don’t want (either demotion or promotion) and a friend who’s too demanding.

Yes, I intended humor and a bit of irony there. Sometimes, our take on the random is our perspective, our mood, our faith, or our emotional state. That’s not to say that some of the random isn’t always bad, because it can be. That is evil and sin being thrown into the mix. We live on a fallen world. But we serve a good God who can use all of the random for his purposes.

Sometimes it means he wants us to lean on him a bit harder.

Other times, he wants us to see it differently. He wants us to seek him through the reset and find the new path. Sometimes, the way ahead is obvious or easily found when we turn to him.

But not always.

I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read over the years about prayer and food. Or prayer and exercise. Or even how many plans and programs I have tried. Each one promises that if you do this and get your heart right and motivation set, it will work. We have all these testimonials!

Yeah, no.

For whatever reason that I have not yet discerned, it is one of my neverending resets. It is a problematic area that God is using to drive me to the foot of his throne.

And maybe, this battle will continue until he calls me home. I hope not, but I have to be good with that possibility.

Because I do see the growth that this neverending reset has birthed in me. I do see the closer relationship with my creator and empathy for people on this spinning ball who deal with their own neverending resets, their own battles that leave them less than perfect.

Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Isaiah 33:2 Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.