>”Do or do not. There is no try.”
As I looked over my alarmingly extensive New Year’s Resolution list, I started to panic. There are so many areas in which I need to improve, along with other areas that I’d like to improve. Fear and the need for perfection have always hindered me. I give something a half-hearted try because I know that I will fail or that my efforts will not be good enough. I’ve written before about being committed but not submitted, and this cycle leads me right back where I don’t want to be. Like Luke on Dagobah, I sense fear, pain, and failure. Luke had Yoda to set him straight in the story–I have someone infinitely better!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
The AOP devotional today referenced Revelations 3:15, reminding us not to be lukewarm. (No pun intended to my favorite Jedi warrior!) This cycle I have been in for so long is lukewarm. Ineffective. Unsustainable…as long as it remains MY list. Through prayer and Bible study, I can have the perfect help of Christ who strengthens me and will help me do all things I need to do according to God’s will. Perhaps not all of my list will make the cut. Perhaps there will be more added.
There is something wonderful about New Year’s Day. Today is a new day, in a new month, in a new year–a day of renewal that millions are using to improve themselves. But, I don’t have to wait. I can have renewal every minute of every day. Praise God for that!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!