By now many resolutions made a couple weeks ago have been forgotten. We have resolved to forget about them until next year because we did not obtain immediate satisfaction. It’s easier to give up than to try again the next day.
We forget that success is not always immediate. We forget that good habits take practice, effort and time. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Compare yourself to you; where you have been and where you are headed.
This is why I have learned to love running. I’m a very competitive person. For me when I run, I’m only competing with myself. If I’m not where I want to be, I wake up determined to do better tomorrow. Success for me is to keep on trying.
What if we determined to make goals and just try to improve a little at a time on them. What if when we don’t succeed one day we don’t give up but try again tomorrow with perseverance.
This year I encourage you to wake up each day with determination and perseverance reflecting on Hebrews 12:1-2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. ” (NIV)