Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Don't Wait Until 2018

A week ago I was highly motivated and pumped for the new year to begin-- I could finally put my failures from 2016 in an old cupboard and begin filling my pantry with 2017 successes. Except the date changed, and then I didn't. While this shouldn't have come to me as a surprise, it did, and for the first 3 days of the year I felt unmotivated and lacked excitement for anything ahead of me. I know 3 days isn't a lot of time compared to the 362 I have left in the year, but it was enough to tempt me to give up on my goals before I even got them started. Thoughts ran ramped in my head like,
  • "It's day 2 and you haven't even written out your goals yet...", and 
  • "You're 'word of the year' is steady, yeah, more like steady-failure", and
  • "What's the point, you're already behind... it's going to take a lot to catch up", and
  • "You may as well wait for a new date come around so you can just start over again...", and
  • "Look at everyone else going strong on their resolutions, you already blew it...".
While there may be some truth to those thoughts, the way they forced me to feel did not come from truth, and I just wanted to throw it out there to anyone feeling a little behind already this year that you have the power to make a change... ANY day of the year, beginning with ANY area of your life. Resolutions are great until they shame you for never starting, or for missing the mark, or skipping a few days. So, before you give up on yourself remember this truth. You're not a failure, you haven't blown it, and you don't have to wait until next year to start over again. Start today, and start again tomorrow, and again the next day. It's a daily choice and you get to choose.

To me, this is much like the picture of Jesus inviting his disciples to follow him. In Matthew 16, Jesus says, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." This is a daily choice we make when we are followers of Jesus Christ, and it is a beautiful reminder to me that even when I feel like I've failed I get to start over again with new life in Christ each day. 

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end; 
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23

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i'm drey. i'm 25. i have two cats; i love to travel, take pictures, walk around antique shops, and eat donuts... and i'm trembling at the feet of my Savior.

Psalm 111:10

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."


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