Becoming A Better Me

Goals. Exercise. Eating healthy. New year, new me. Better friend, spouse, parent, mother, child, sibling, etc. Prayer dedication. Church attendance increase. More devotion, Bible time. Better habits. Positivity. Does any of this sound like something you have said before?

It definitely sounds like me. Each and every one of them. {Almost daily!}

Each one of these have a common denominator. Can you guess what that would be? YOU! Or in my case, ME! Each one, while a little different in its own challenges, are alike in that they all begin with a decision you have to make for yourself. If I want to reach my goals, I have to set out how to do that, and then do it. I have to wake up every day and remind myself of those goals. I have to ask myself ‘what is important to me today?’ And I have to tell myself that today is the only today that I will get, what will I do with it?

When you or I set new goals, we have to realize that it is going to take time, dedication, and effort. We have to work hard to create better habits. I love the word create, as it means to cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions. Love is a verb and so is create – funny how they tie together as helpmates to each other. If you decide you want better, then decide how to be better, and finally, become better.

This can’t happen overnight. Just like losing weight or setting any goal… it takes time. Once the choice is made, give it time.

When following an exercise program, there are days that we’re stronger than others and then there are days where maybe we don’t get the nutrition that is needed, or enough sleep. The same with our goals in our Christian walk. Some days we may have the fruit of the spirit, lacking none. And some days, we may have just awakened on the wrong side of the bed or didn’t get our Bible time in – feeding ourselves with the Word and we may be short tempered. “It’s a journey, not a destination.”

We will have days like each of these. I will. You will. On the good days and on the bad days, we have to continue to say, “I’ve got this. I can do it. I am worthy.”

There will be days with small victories and days where you or I fail. Just because we make a mistake does not mean the day is done for. It doesn’t mean that we have lost the war. It doesn’t mean that the plan isn’t working. It means that you are a real person, I am a real person and that this is real life.

All of this is normal, you just can’t get stuck there. We have to remember the choice we each made. Get back up and get back to it. We need to remind ourselves how important it is to us, find our dedication, and do it for a better tomorrow. We need to evaluate where we are spending our time and take notice of our surroundings.  Effort is tough stuff. You can take the easy way out for the moment but guess what? It always seems to pop back up or make it harder the next time… am I right? Embrace and evaluate each of those weak moments and determine what area requires more effort and determine how to spend more time in that area of weakness. Commit to becoming the best you and be proud of the journey that has gotten you here. Every day, grow.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

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