A Single Step
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19
Are you someone who makes a New Year’s Resolution?
Statistically speaking, those who set goals for themselves, even if they don’t keep or reach them, are proven more likely to make the difference they seek in their lives. Usually, those resolutions stem from some desire to change or break habits. It might be things like losing weight, eating healthy, exercising more, spending more time with family, etc.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about what will be different in this new year. Ultimately, the goal is to work towards some vision in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Real, substantive change, though, only comes through repetition. So often, those goals get abandoned simply because results aren’t achieved as fast as we may like. No one likes to wait, and patience is difficult to attain without practice.
Looking ahead, striving towards some common goal, setting our sights on the future means we have a higher likelihood of success, even if we don’t reach it in our desired time or if it ends up not being exactly what we sought out in the first place. It just takes setting a goal and sticking to it.
In the days ahead, those goals may change. Some may falter. Patience might wear thin. The most important part, though, is when you get knocked down to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again.
What are your goals for a new year?
Maybe, in keeping with faith practices, we should set goals to be more loving, offer more grace, practice more forgiveness, show more compassion. Just like any goal, it takes perseverance, dedication, and resolve, because change isn’t instantaneous.
Where do you want to be next year?
What do you hope to accomplish? Set goals. Do the work. Try again.
The journey starts with a single step.
— Trent Sessoms
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