Resolutions and Resolve

Job 36:10And He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from evil. (NASB)

The January 1st crunch of resolution has passed and so has most of my resolve. I struggled with my weight-loss plans from November right into January. That is, I had a plan, but I wasn’t trying hard to follow it. My weight went up. I blamed relatives who brought food,  parties I attended, the general way we all celebrate Christmas, and the presence of food every where I looked, (including my own home).

However, this is the reality. I said to myself, “I have no discipline. One little bite can’t hurt. I reached out my hand, picked up the food, bent my elbow, opened my mouth, swallowed and gained weight.

Discipline is remembering what you want. What is it that we want?  Furtive swallows of health-harming foods? A quick smoke out in the freezing cold? Temper tantrums?  Harming a reputation with gossip? Greed? Selfishness? Disobedience? Or would we rather walk in love toward a Holy God, glorifying Him with our bodies, His temple?

Prayer: God, we have been undisciplined. The world tells us that if we break a New Year’s Resolution, all is lost, that we must wait until next January 1st to start again. But God! Your word says that your loving kindness is new every morning. Great is your faithfulness, Oh God! (Lamentations 3:23) Meet us in our fallen state; give us courage to go on. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

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