Each year I have such good intentions. My New Year’s resolutions seem reasonable and achievable. I make a chart and begin with vigor! But then reality sets in. My self-discipline isn’t what I thought. Bad habits are stubborn things. Everything goes back to normal. And it’s only the second week of January!
I’m reminded that everything worthwhile is an uphill battle. It’s a climb. It requires effort. If it were easy, we’d already have done it. Our problem is that our uphill dreams are thwarted by our downhill habits. It took a lifetime to get where we are, and it’s going to take more than just a few days to develop new patterns.
So, if you’ve already botched your New Year’s resolutions, join the club! But please let me encourage us all to keep at it. After all, small and inconsistent steps in the right direction are still meaningful movements forward. The key when you get knocked down is to get back up again. In the world of habit change, resilience is more important than perfection.
Remember, the mercies of God are new every morning. So, let’s call upon Him, asking for resilience, and keep on keeping on. Because no matter how many times we stumble, in Jesus we are loved more than we know!