I searched a couple of dictionaries and found the meaning of the word reposition. The first dictionary definition of reposition - place in a different position; adjust or alter the position of;
The second dictionary states the following: 1. to put in a new or different position; shift: to reposition the artwork on the advertising layout;
2. to change the image, marketing strategy, etc., of (a product) so as to appeal to a wider or different audience or market: to reposition a diet drink to appeal to teenagers; &
3. Medicine/Medical, Surgery. to place (an organ or bone) in its original position.
Not once does it mention the pain that will be associated with the process. One might assume that with the third dictionary definition, where it uses the medicine/medical surgery as an example, it might be safe to imagine that the patient might be put to sleep before the operation. This would even include a wild animal that is having the surgery. However, in real life, when we are in need of repositioning ourselves, it would not be wise to put ourselves to sleep. In fact, the process of repositioning would be rendered useless if we did. We must be fully aware of our surroundings and actions in order for the repositioning process to work. In fact, it is our awareness that made us recognize the signs that constantly said that we need to reposition ourselves in the first place.
Repositioning might include a job, friendships, and/or relationships with family members. It does not mean you no longer love the people that need to be repositioned, it means that the road that they've traveled with you to this point, now comes to an end. This is where they get off or we get off - bottom line: someone needs to get off! What does that mean? It may mean that they no longer need to know everything about you any longer. It may mean that you have to reduce the amount of time you spend in their company, reduce the amount of phone conversations, or in some cases, you may have to totally cease interaction with them all together. They no longer are afforded the right/reservation to have court side seats in your life.
The dictionary makes it seem so simple, but in real life, it is not simple in many cases. Repositioning takes place when important people in our lives die, when a new president, mayor, church official, etc. takes over. While it is a constant process, as change is the only constant, repositioning usually brings on fear of the unknown. However, when we revert back to our biblical teachings, we should never indulge in fear anyway (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus).
Let us reposition our method of thinking for a moment: since we are not supposed to indulge in fear, per God's Word and we are not seeking to be disobedient, we will go forward viewing the repositioning process with open arms. Repositioning also, allows room for elevation. When we separate ourselves from things, actions, and people that weigh us down is when we are able to soar.
10 Ways to Help You Reposition
1 - Increase your prayer time - rather we need to reposition ourselves to see it God's way.
2 - Increase your bible reading time.
3 - Write down your goals - once you accomplish each goal, acknowledge your achievement and identify a new goal in its place.
4 - Identify anything or anyone that attempts to take away your happiness, attempts take God’s place in your life - 1 John 5:21 NLT - Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your lives.
5 - Focus on your positive attributes.
6 - Alter your schedule so that you're not coming into contact with the same people and places that are not positive forces within your life.
7- Stop complaining about where you are and bloom there until God sees fit to promote you. In fact, think of the repositioning process as a form of promotion.
8 - Forgive yourself for allowing people to hurt you.
9 - Forgive those who have hurt you. This may require a lot of time so make certain that you revert back to numbers 1 & 2 on this list.
10 - Remember to be thankful for the gift of repositioning. The flip side is, had you not acknowledged the fact that it was time to move on, you'd still be stuck in misery. That in and of itself should make you a little bit happier every day.
BONUS: When you see what God will allow your replacement to be, you're going to be upset that you didn't take action sooner....I know it is as if you were told the ending of the movie. In this case, that's an awesome thing to empower you to not give up or revert back to what you knew. Forward movement!