Whether you’re watching TV, surfing the internet, or hanging out with friends, chances are you’ve been bombarded with new year’s resolutions, diet commercials, ways to improve yourself in the upcoming year, and goals to set for yourself. I don’t know about you, but it’s all a little overwhelming to me!
That’s not to say that I haven’t made my own personal list of “things to do better in 2012.” We all have those areas in our life we want to improve, right? Whether it’s better communication with our spouse, being more patient with our kids, having a joyful attitude about life, losing a few pounds, reading more books, or increasing our quality time with the Lord.
But then… we have a fight with our husband, irritation comes through our speech with our kids and the check-out lady at the grocery store, we indulge in some ice cream just before bed, forget to read our designated five pages in the latest novel, and rush through a chapter in Psalms before drifting off to sleep at night. (Some, if not all of these may be true of me… I’ll leave you to guess.)
Simply because it’s already the 6th of January, should defeat and doubt overcome us if we haven’t kept our latest resolutions? Of course not! These “be a better person” techniques are doomed to fail when we rely on our own strength. The amazing thing is, all we need to do is look to Jesus! When our focus is on Him, HE will be the One to form us into a better person – a person more life Himself. Thankfully, His faithfulness is great and His mercies are new every morning! (Lam. 3:23)
We don’t need to wait until January first to begin looking to Him for strength – we don’t need to wait until Monday or even tomorrow. We can turn to Him right now! As soon as that argument irrupts with a spouse, the moment we feel frustration rise within us, the instant temptation stares at us from a Blue Bell display (ha, ha!), and certainly when we fail to keep Him our priority. The future is now. And He is here to meet us and lead us onward to something new.
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