So it is the first week of the new year. Many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions. Did you know:
- 4 out of 10 adults will make at least one resolution for the new year
- at the end of the 1st week, about 75% of people have kept their resolution
- at the end of the 2nd week, about 70% are still maintaining their resolution
- after a month, about 64% are still sticking to it
- after 6 months about 46% are still at it
Goes to show how hard it is to be consistently determined. But here’s the thing – many look back at the old year & so desired things had been different. We wish we had done more, wasted less, met some goals, lost that weight, paid off those bills, broken that habit, read our Bibles. Hopefully not in that order 🙂
For the new year to look differently from the old year, we need to do something. We need to set that goal. We need to challenge ourselves. We need to start.
And when do we start?
Scripture tells us this, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” (Hebrews 3:15 NLT).
God speaks to us today. In the here & now. When we put off what He is telling us to do, it is going to cost us something – our very hearts. They harden. We will not ever start if we keep putting it off. We will become casual towards that goal. We will become lazy in our relationship with Him. So…..
Pick that devotional & start reading your Bible. Today.
Pick a reading plan & achieve your goal of being in the Word. Today.
Today is all you have. In 24 hours, it will be gone. It will be yesterday.
This past year, Steve Jobs past away at a relatively young age. By all standards, he achieved much in his lifetime. I read this quote by him this morning:
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Let’s make that change. Today.