As this new year begins, I am filled with a mixture of excitement and despair—excitement about starting anew, changing bad habits into good ones, loving better, and accomplishing goals. And then despair inevitably follows when I remember my constant failings in all of those areas.
On January 1st, I couldn't help but ask myself, "What's so special about this day? Why the sudden urge to change our lives around, get fit, and live lives full of purpose? After all, today is just the day after yesterday."
So my "resolution" is to wake up each day and live it with purpose, like it's January 1st every day. I still have goals and ideas about what I want to do this year, but even if none of those things happen, I know that something will change within my soul if I simply look to Jesus and run. This year I want to stop looking to myself for fulfillment and change. The good news is that I can't do it on my own. And the better news is that Jesus can, and will.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.