It’s a New Year and so I feel like I should be delivering you a powerful, inspiring message loaded with power words such as focus, discipline, consistency, strength, courage and all the other euphemisms associated with starting the New Year on the right foot.
But the fact of the matter is that I would feel hypocritical to recite any of those words. The truth is, I’m frustrated that my short-comings have followed me into 2015. I too suffer from the delusion that a new year means that I will instantly transform into a better version of myself.
Instead, I’m feeling like it’s already 1 week into the new year and I’m repeating some of the same habits I’ve despised about myself for years. My attention span seems the decrease with every new Facebook friend or gadget I acquire (got a Fitbit for Christmas); my never ending to-do list seems to get longer the more items I check off; and my carb craving which I swore I over-came came back with a vengeance over the Christmas holidays.
This morning in my frustration (which is a gross understatement, it was more like self-loathing) I open my bible and was immediately drawn to the apostle Paul’s cry out to God in Romans 7:24, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” Paul’s heartfelt cry in his dark moment reminded me that:
- we are not able to accomplish our goals on our own
- the process can feel frustrating and overwhelming
- there will be seasons of self-loathing and disgust
- our sinful nature will continue to fight against our deepest desires
The result of my time with God this morning taught me a valuable lesson about how God wants me to manage all of my challenges. Like Paul, God wants us to come before him in honesty and admit my shortcomings. He wants the answer to all everything you and I are facing to be found in Him.
Paul’s response has taught me how to respond to every frustration I face in life. “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:25. I too want to learn to respond with thanks to God. I thank Him for reminding me that He alone is the answer to every difficulty and frustration I encounter in my days. He alone is the answer to my financial challenges AND even my carb. cravings.
I’m so grateful for the word of God that is alive and powerful. It has turned my morning (also mourning) which started out with self-loathing and frustration to rejoicing in the fact that my heavenly father loves and longs to guide me and seek my joy and refuge in Him. His word in psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Everything seems to come into perspective after spending time with God. So my prayer for me and for you is that the Holy Spirit will keep us mindful of our comforter that want to take care of us and handle all of our needs WHEN we come to him.
Instead of making a laundry list of goals, resolutions and actions items for this year, I’m making my MAIN goal to seek my father in everything I do. Instead of ‘trying’ to keep myself off of Facebook or stop myself from eating chocolate, I will seek HIM first. Instead of figuring out how I will find the money to cover our expenses this year, I will seek HIM first.
Refuse to let this year be about ‘how much weight you have to lose’ or ‘how much money you need to make. Make your first God to be seek God in all you do and you will not have to worry about whether or not you will achieve your goals this year. Will you join me?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well~ Matthew 6:33
Join me on January 28th as I reinforce this message of coming back to God to help you maintain your strength, discipline and consistency. It’s only through HIM that all things are possible. Register for our next webinar, Handling Setbacks in your Weight Loss Program.