Are you on track or faltering?
I so wanted a different story to tell you but I’m already faltering in my New Year’s resolutions.
My first goal for 2020 was to abstain from chocolate for 30 days. Let me tell you how that worked. Girlfriend, it’s 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, I sorta did this. But, a couple days, I counted grocery shopping or laundry as my exercise.
My third goal was to fast between meals (which is a fancy way of saying no snacking). This is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I legitimized that if I didn’t CHEW, it wasn’t eating. It’s amazing what you can smash up enough with your tongue to swallow.
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,
confess, forgive yourself and start over.
Hit reset and restart!
I didn’t hit the mark, but today, I’m hitting the reset button! Taking thoughts captive. Confessing and forgiving myself. Starting over. Focusing on what went well. Just like my heroes in the Bible who faltered and reset.
- 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 but even with my snitching, I ate much less sugar calories than I would have without the goal. The exercise I did manage to do has me touching my toes instead of avoiding any full length mirrors. My clothes fit better, my skin looks less pasty, and I feel good. It’s enough to get me to Reset. Refocus. Restart.
I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing. Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re on track or ready for a reset.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “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. (NIV)