Staying Committed In 2017

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

I read this devotion this past week by Dr. Jack Graham and thought I would share it with you.

Over the next week, the gyms are going to become unbearably packed as people rush to kick off their New Year’s resolutions. This enthusiasm will last about 4-6 weeks, and then things will get back to normal as those people decide to give up on those resolutions they were so excited about just a few weeks before.

If you are anything like me, starting something over can be rather frustrating at times. I always feel I have to start over fresh the next week or the next month, not simply the next day. For me, it seems there is always an element of procrastination involved at times when starting over.

In the Christian life, many people tend to lose their motivation as well. They’ve had enough with their old lives and hanging onto their hurts and habits of the past, so they decide to really pursue Christ. Then just a few weeks later, they find themselves in the same old patterns as before.

But as you seek a new start, where can you find the divine, determined motivation you need to really take your walk with Christ to the next level? Well, there’s no magic pill you can take or mantra to recite that can replace simply staying committed to what’s important.

Persistence is nothing more than starting again every day. So don’t feel discouraged if you’ve tried to start again and failed. Every day is a new day; treat it as so. Don’t be discouraged by your past failures. Start new today!

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23


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Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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