New Year - New Page?
So do you have a new year’s resolution? Have you started a diet, gone dry for January or made a promise to read the bible in 365 days?
We always start well until we see THAT cake, have a tough day or wake up late and have to rush out. A day slips by and it seems easier and easier to let things slip until we look back at the end of January and realised that we’ve managed yet again to let things slip.
No matter what we try it’s hard to establish new patterns of doing things- especially when we’re older. It’s harder to break patterns of behaviour because we get so used to what’s “normal” that it takes a bit of a jolt before we have enough motivation to do so.
It’s important to hear Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (a notoriously difficult bunch) when he writes “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”.
It’s important to see that our faith journey is one of continual evolution. None of us is ever a finished “Christian product” but rather a masterpiece in the process of construction. We must keep working on ourselves and our relationship with others. At times that’s easier than others and sometimes we all grab that cake, glass of wine or sleep in - but that shouldn’t be the reason to give up. It’s not a reason for guilt or condemnation but way of learning how to avoid making the same mistake again.
So just keep trying…….remembering 2018 is a marathon and not a sprint!