Well, we’re a month into 2015. How are you doing with those resolutions?
Setting goals and committing to changed behavior sounds good on January 1st. Then life happens. Responsibilities of work and family press in. Old habits come easy. The new vegetable steamer sits in the cabinet and the Bible gathers dust on the nightstand.
You don’t have to throw in the towel just because January didn’t end well. Today’s a new day. God renews His mercy and faithfulness every day!
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT
How you do in February doesn’t have to be determined by how you did in January. Whether you consider January a success or failure, February is a new month, a new opportunity to live a life that honors and glorifies God.
Success or Failure
Sometimes when I fail to keep a resolution or follow through on a commitment, I get discouraged and want to quit trying. To give up. But here’s something funny: Sometimes when I succeed, at weight loss for instance, I see that as a reason to ease up and coast for a while. Then the next thing I know I’m right back where I started.
The apostle Paul did not let the past dictate his future – neither failure or success.
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:12-14, NLT
So, how about a reboot for February? Whether you’ve already let your New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside or you’ve remained steadfast in your new commitments, let’s all recommit to “looking forward” and “pressing on.” Here are a few suggestions and considerations:
- Tips for Goal Setting – maybe you simply tried to do too much. This post gives 5 tips for setting attainable goals.
- Discipleship Resources – maybe you didn’t have the right tools. This post contains oodles of helps & resources to help you succeed.
- New Spiritual Start – maybe you’ve gotten completely off-track spiritually. If you missed the January emphasis, New Start 15, it’s not too late. Everything is gathered here.
- Lenten Bible Reading – I just started a new Bible reading plan for the Lenten season. I will be reading through the Gospels between now and Easter. You can find several plans at Bible.com.
Are you ready to reboot? I’d love to hear what re-commitments or new commitments you’re making for February!