Starting Over…Again

Steve Prefontaine, Start of Mile Race, the 11th annual San Francisco Examiner Track and Field Indoor Games, the Cow Palace, Feb 1, 1974
Do you ever feel like you just get tripped up by the same sins over and over?  You resolve to change, to create better habits, to use your time more wisely…and then days go by and you just can’t seem to get motivation to do it?

Maybe you have a week or two where you are able to begin a new habit- and you are feeling good- maybe you even keep it up for a few years- and then life happens- something forces its way in and then the habit is gone- and you haven’t been able to get back to it?

I feel this way about some areas of my life-my hubby and I were talking about the power of habits- and how easy it is to let life crowd in and take over- and end up never taking time for the things that you really know you should make time for.

But the problem is- so many of those important things- those things we will regret not doing- they require effort- discipline- our will being engaged.

For my hubby and I- a great motivator during this season of our life is our children.  We want to be an example to them of lives surrendered to Jesus Christ- putting Him first every day.

On our date night last week, we were walking and talking about some areas that we don’t feel like we are putting Him first- and how we can help each other make changes- and pray that God will help us be faithful to our commitment to change.

Habits are powerful- and we spend so much of our lives falling back on those things that we have always done- for better or for worse.

Our culture entices us with instant gratification– the ability to enjoy things now rather than having to wait to see the benefits/results of our work.  From fast food to credit cards to how we spend our time.

Don’t think about the consequences- just make self happy in the moment.

Turning on the TV or opening your Bible, exercising or grabbing that bag of chips or dessert- I am speaking from my own experience-sometimes it is hard.

Do you have any habits that you want to kick out of your life?

Are there new habits that you are trying to establish but find yourself struggling- unable to consistently keep going?

I pray that today you may be inspired to start anew or begin again- and do that thing or things that you know- despite the work and commitment- will bless you and others in the long run.

We all start small, at the beginning– and that’s when habits are hardest.  Keep your eyes on the long term- what we are striving for- the day to day progress may not seem significant- but keep on looking forward, anticipating what a small investment of effort today can do.

The Need for Self-Discipline 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

 

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