“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
According to an article by the Business Insider, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. The most popular resolutions in 2017 and 2018 were to: eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more and improve finances. However, research shows that in 2017, only 9.2% of those who set resolutions reported being successful at reaching their goal.
Failure to achieve our resolutions can be attributed to a variety of factors, depending on our individual circumstances, but mostly, the reason we end up recycling the same goals every year, is because we do not see them through. Our motivation and resolve is at a peak at the beginning of the year but as we get back in the routine of life, our zeal steadily dwindles with each passing week. We find ourselves sandwiched between what we envisioned and reality. And when we find ourselves struggling to reconcile the two, discouragement sets in and we give up.
How and why we set our goals will determine our success. As His children, God is committed to our highest good but first we must:
- Align our goals and desires with God’s will. Jeremiah waited to see what the Lord would speak to him, before writing the vision (Lamentations 2:1-2).
- Commit our plans in his hands, and rely on His power to bring them to pass (Psalm 37:5). It’s often said; if it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill.
- Anticipate the opposition, the trials and tribulations that await us on the journey, but not get deterred from the mission. God is our shield; He delivers us from all troubles (Psalm 34:19).
- Focus on the finish line. There’s a requirement to endure till the end, if we are to receive a reward. Paul writes “Run in such a way as to get the prize… a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Life will throw things at you to get you off course; you might get weary, and even burdened beyond what you can bear. Lean on the mighty arm of God, and remember the words of Paul: “… this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” -2 Corinthians 1:9
It’s not about how you start; the real test is to finish, so finish strong!