Stop it So You Can Start It
January 10, 2024 by Chad Bradley

You probably started the year off with a goal to make this one the best year yet or a resolution to stop doing something that shouldn’t to help you be better than you are. It’s basically a New-Year-TO-DO list to chip away at over the next twelve months. Now, if you are like me, often that list has been discarded by Feb. 1st. Even though the following will initially sound like permission to feel okay with hitting the stop button on the new year resolution or to end the goal that you have for the new year. In fact, it's going to be quite the opposite.

If you are like me, though, when you miss the mark on a New Year resolution, it is really easy to feel embarrassed, or frustrated, or even like a failure. When that happens, I find it easy to sweep those feelings and experiences under the rug and forget it ever happened – until next year, that is. Then I DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!

So, the question I have to ask (especially to myself) is that if it was worth committing to in the first place, isn’t it going to be worth sticking to? Seriously, wouldn’t it be incredibly beneficial to get my budget under control or to focus on what I fuel my body with? I must remind myself that if I thought it was something I needed to better myself, then it is highly likely that I need the result of that resolution.

The easy way out is to not make the resolution in the first place. I mean, we can’t be upset with a failure we never had, right? Maybe, but wouldn’t we be better off trying? Yes. But what should we do about the guilt or feeling of embarrassment when we fail? Hit the reset button.

Is it that easy, though? Just start over. That also seems like the easy way out and sounds like permission to not try all that hard in the first place. But we actually can hit the reset button every day and tap into something supernatural that is waiting for us already. It says in Lamentations 3:22-23: “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Right now, God has brand new mercies just sitting there, waiting for you, before you need them. When you wake up tomorrow, they are ready to go. We can look at every day as being the start of a new year, as a chance to start that needed resolution or goal that really will help shape our lives.

When and if you fail, remember to try and try again. Day in and day out. No matter if you messed up big time last year, yesterday, or today, you can hit the reset button on tomorrow because God already has.