A Challenge to Change

We’re already in the fourth week of January! If you made a New Year’s resolution list last year, did you manage to check everything off? Congratulations if you did – that’s a big achievement. How about this year’s list?

Some articles suggest that many forget their resolutions after a month, with less than 10% sticking to them for the entire year. Having a buddy for fun and accountability can help, but even partners may lose motivation.

I can relate to struggling in this area. Trying to diet often ends up with me eating more—yikes! Change is indeed tough. However, I remember when I prayed for a friend, and God told me to fast for 40 days. It sounded daunting, especially after previous failed attempts to cut down on food. But with the Holy Spirit’s help, I did it. When I felt hungry, Matthew 4:4 would come to mind, and with God’s Word, overcoming became possible.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

‘People do not live by bread alone,

 but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4)

Although following His commands may pose challenges, it’s reassuring that the Lord never forsakes us. His constant presence serves as a reminder and a source of strength, especially when we stay connected with Him.

As we navigate through the challenges of change and resolutions, let’s draw inspiration from the enduring support of the Lord. May we continually offer our plans to the Lord, regardless of their size or simplicity. Let us also embrace obedience, even when His answer is no to our plans. May His unwavering presence guide us, providing the strength needed to overcome obstacles and stay connected on our journey. 

Wishing everyone a year filled with purpose, resilience, and a deep connection with the source of our strength.

“Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.”

Jeremiah 42:3