Happy New Year!
Pastor Chris, you know it’s not new years right? That was a month ago. This is February 1st, not January 1st.
Right, but I’m willing to wager most of us failed to keep our new years resolutions so why shouldn’t we treat this brand new month as another chance to start a new? Better yet, why don’t we dive into the reason so many fail remain faithful to their resolutions?
At the start of every new year it is easy to see it as a fresh start, to put the mistakes of the past 12 months behind us and strive to do better, be better, achieve more. We convince ourselves, this will be the year that we eat better, exercise more and really pursue our dreams. We start off strong, but after a few short weeks our resolve falters until we find ourselves in the same rut we were in the month before.
What happens? Why do we lose motivation so rapidly? For many I believe the reason is because we try to change everything all at once. We set big goals that require huge chunks of time and effort and because it is so dramatic a lifestyle change, we grow weary and slowly fall back into our old routines.
Instead of trying to spend 2 hours of praying and reading every day, maybe start off with 30 minutes. Five minutes a day done consistently would be better for you than 2 hours done sporadically.
Instead of trying to win the whole world for Jesus at once, focus on a few of your friends and really pray for them and consistently show them God’s love every chance you get.
I believe it was Bill Gates that said we tend to overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in ten years. It’s ok to start off small, as long as you start off consistent. Small changes done consistently over time will lead to large results.
Proverbs 14:23 (NLT) Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!
Many people desire success, talk about success, but in the end fail to put in the consistent work that leads to success. Desire and talk profit nothing without hard work. Consistently choosing to put in the effort will always bring about huge results over time.
You might not have felt your devotional times have been effective, but can I tell you today that they have been. Don’t give up, keep pushing through. Stay consistent.
Maybe you’ve already given up on your resolutions this year. Don’t wait until 2018 to try again. Each month, each week and even each day is a new opportunity to start again.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Whatever your goal might be, each morning is a fresh start. Spend time with Jesus. Crucify your flesh and run from sin. Speak words of encouragement to your friends and family. Eat healthier. Workout. Work on your novel. Take a small step toward your lifelong dream. Keep moving forward, no matter how many setbacks you may have had.
God hasn’t given up on you, don’t give up on yourself.