What compels us to declare we're going to make some dramatic change in the New Year? It's like a new beginning but not taking into account it's still the same us from the previous year.
One of my Bible School teachers said it best: "By the inch, it's a cinch. By the yard, it's hard." I don't know if that saying originated with him or if he borrowed it from someone. One thing I do know: It stuck with me.
It's rare that we make major changes in an instant. Even when we ask Jesus into our hearts, growth happens as we renew our minds with the Word of God.
So, why do we think we can jump right in and fulfill all these resolutions? My personal opinion is that we're expressing our desires without any idea of how to achieve them. I yearn to draw closer to the Lord starting right now in 2014. How am I doing this?
1. I've picked up my neglected journal. It's time to re-trace my steps and do the simple things. Saving 15 minutes on writing in my journal is not worth giving up that quiet moment sharing my heart with the Lord. Journaling and Bible reading nourish my soul.
2. As I travel in my car, I'm listening to music that honors my Lord and CD's that feed my spirit. My focus is turned toward Him as I go about my day.
3. I'm bringing EVERYTHING to Him, asking for wisdom, direction, and mercy when I totally mess up.
Life is made up of small, everyday decisions. Instead of expecting overnight success, why not opt for the baby step approach?
Writers and Readers: What changes would you like to make in your life? What will help you get there?
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