If you are like many other people, sometime in the past week or two you’ve likely considered what changes you hope to make in 2020. Every new year brings a renewed focus on being better, being more, than we were before. In many ways it’s exciting because we often take so little time to focus in on the changes that need to be made. Sometimes our lives can get so busy we forget what we really want to do and who we want to be. Taking time at the beginning of the year to refocus is definitely a good thing.
But just as resolutions are embedded within this time of year so too is failure. In a survey from US News and World Report they point out that 80% of resolutions fail by mid-February. That’s fairly demoralizing and though we often joke about how resolutions never pan out, the truth is, it really is a problem. Because of this high failure rate we might just bypass making changes altogether. After all, what’s the point?
I want to encourage you today to see things from a different perspective. The reality is that our lives are full of failures. Each one of us could write chapters and chapters on all the dreams and goals we’ve had that never panned out. But that really isn’t the issue, is it? The issue isn’t failure but how we respond to it. If you have made your goal to read your Bible every day and you forget on January 29th, what do you do? It’s tempting to scrap the entire goal because we’ve missed it already but what is the real goal? Is it really to just make sure you’ve read the words on every page of your Bible in 365 days? I doubt it. More likely it is the desire to draw nearer to God and this goal is helping make that a reality. With that perspective in mind, pick the Bible back up on January 30. Get back to reading. If you don’t get started again until March 12th, get started on March 12th. If the goal is worth having, it’s worth picking back up when you’ve dropped it.
Whatever goals and dreams you’ve come up with for this year, if they are worth it, keep coming back to them. Don’t let them fade away. Make the theme for your 2020 be persistence. At the end of 2020 let us look back and reflect on the challenges we overcame in striving to become the people God wants us to be.