Happy New Year! Schmappy New Year!
It’s the 8th of January and I really wanted a different story to tell you, but I’m already faltering in my New Year’s resolutions.
Oh, some things are going splendiferously, but others … not so much.
My first goal for the new year was to abstain from chocolate for 30 days. You know, break the cycle, right?
Let me tell you how that worked. Embarrassing! I fulfilled the letter of the law, I’ve had no chocolate. Instead, I had VANILLA pudding, STRAWBERRY shakes, and sugar laden coffee drinks.
My second goal was to exercise a little bit every weekday. Well, unless you count grocery shopping or going upstairs to put away laundry as exercise, you can chalk up another incomplete.
Take thoughts captive.
Once you fail, the temptation is powerful to chuck the exercise program, writing project, savings plan, home renovation or diet to the curb in utter defeat.
It’s hard to overcome the voice in your head that says … You’ll never win. Nothing will change. This will never work. Give up!
I hear those same recordings my head, but we don’t have to cave. Instead of letting those unholy voices lock up our hearts and enthusiasm, put them in lock down. Take every thought captive, forgive yourself and start over.
Hit reset and restart!
I didn’t hit the mark, but I can hit the reset button!
Taking thoughts captive. Confessing and forgiving myself. Starting over. Focusing on anything that went well. Just like my heroes in the Bible who faltered.
- Peter got a second chance when God recommissioned him in John 21.
- Paul was called out and given a new start in Acts 9.
- Jonah got a reset when he restarted to Nineveh in Jonah 3
Hard as it is, let’s stop beating ourselves up for not making the mark. As long as we’re in the pit of discouragement and focused on failure, we are not in the frame of mind to reset, refocus or restart.
Focus on victories.
I didn’t fulfill my goals, but I did have some wins.
I didn’t eat chocolate and even with my snitching, I ate much less sugar than I would have without the goal.
The exercise I did manage to do has me feeling energized.
It’s enough to get me to Reset. Refocus. Restart.
I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing. Leave me a comment below to let me know if you’re on track or ready for a reset.
Verse for today: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” — 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)
Prayer: Oh Lord, how we fail you and fail ourselves. Remind us that you do not require perfection and out intentions count toward progress. Lead us not into temptation, deliver us from our own evil, urge us to live on earth as it will be in heaven. In Jesus’ Name, amen.