It’s so easy to START working on a new goal – whether it’s taking up a musical instrument, writing a blog, starting a new gym membership, starting a Bible class, going to church to pray etc.
The problem is after a little while the sheen starts to wear off. Suddenly our new broom which was great to sweep with, isn’t that new anymore. Now it’s almost a chore, a burden. We are unsure why we took on more responsibilities or perhaps we say we still want to do it, but don’t really make the time – because let’s face facts, while starting off something new is exciting – continuing it can be difficult.
This is because at this stage we often don’t see results – we still can’t play that instrument the way we want to, we still don’t have much readership on our blogs, the kilos/pounds don’t seem to be dropping off yet and worse still our connection with God seems like a stalemate…
1 John 2:19 speaks a harsh truth:
They went out from us, but they didn’t belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us.
Let us not lose hope. If we continue – and keep on continuing, we will see results eventually – in our hobbies, in our weight, in our spiritual lives.
It is not only in the starting but in the continuing that we reach the end.
Imagine starting a race and stopping midway! Or a builder starting to build and stopping midway!
Jesus specifically uses this example of a builder! He says in Luke 14:28-29
Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him
Whenever we start something new, let’s use this wisdom Jesus gives us:
1) Plan: Jesus says “Sit down and count the cost”. Plan not only costs, but make a time table. When would we practice the instrument? How many hours per week will we go to the gym? Modify if needed! If after some time, schedules don’t work etc, modify your plan if needed. But Stick with the new plan! Don’t just abandon your project altogether as it’s no longer that interesting and/or much harder now
2) Give it to the Lord: Jesus started His entire ministry fasting and praying in the desert. He also PRAYED even before every seemingly small thing / great miracle He performed. Bring whatever your commitments are – whether personal or work, secular or ministry and give it to the Lord. Ask Him to bless and anoint you with the grace to continue and keep continuing until you’ve won the race.
3) Persevere! Like Nike says – JUST DO IT. Don’t rely on your feelings. Push yourself to train, to study, to write, to exercise, TO PRAY… Fight the Good fight!!
If you’ve started something new this year, I encourage you to Continue! Don’t wait until another year passes to make a new list of resolutions that you will again fail to keep! Even if you’ve dropped the ball a bit this year, pick it up and continue. God is waiting for you at the finish line, cheering loudly!