Start Strong and Finish Well

Start Strong and Finish Well

Happy New Year!

Wow! Another turn of the clock and calendar, and with that, a brand new year. If you are like me, perhaps you are taking time to reflect on the great opportunities that lie ahead, and the many things you wish to accomplish. If you’re still like me, perhaps you did this last year, only to find by March, some of your goals had been pushed to the side. And perhaps not even with intent. Life just happens, things change, schedules, and deadlines, and oh my I could keep going!

One major goal my heart was set on in 2020 was to get active and fit. I think I ran twice, maybe three times, but definitely not the three times a week I originally planned. I started the year strong and lost 10 pounds, then fizzled, using guaranteed as an excuse to binge eat. So, how do we accomplish what’s in our heart?  I so desire that come January 1, 2022, I have a sense of accomplishment and even greater purpose.

Well, in my time of reflection a few days ago, here’s what the Lord gave me, and it’s found in Lamentations 3:22, “The Lord‘s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope. The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him.” The KJV says that it is because of His mercy that we, “fail not,” because they are “new every morning.”

While it sounds so simple, this is sure: The key to finishing well is to trust God! And I mean totally trust God, in His mercy and His grace. It’s not our ability that will accomplish anything, but only through the power of His Holy Spirit. Paul said it this way in Philippians, “I CAN do ALL things THROUGH Christ, which strengthens me.”

A new year brings joy and expectation, but it will also bring tests, trials, and it’s own sets of challenges that you haven’t faced yet. Life will happen! But, as you trust your plans to God, along with your hopes and dreams this year, you will not fail. Why? Because His mercies never fail (Proverbs 16:3).

For you, maybe this year is to also become more healthy. Perhaps it’s getting rid of a credit card debt, or maybe it’s to become more organized. whatever your desire, i encourage you to let that be your only Resolution, to commit everything into the hands of your Heavenly Father. So, that as March, June, and October roll around, you’re not standing around wishing you would have, but instead, living in the fulfillment of His Grace. It’s going to be a great year, and I look forward to sharing it with you!