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Today is the day after the New Year.  It’s been six weeks of “days after” with holidays, family gatherings – every conceivable event that could blind side my goal toward achieving better health.  I’m realizing more and more how physical goals are so intertwined with spiritual goals.

Several months ago I began a journey toward better health – eating better, limiting the amount of medicines I use, making wiser choices for food and exercise.  It hasn’t been easy – far from it! — but I have seen results.  To be honest, though, I wasn’t ready mentally for this season of “days after.”  I have to make a conscious effort – often hourly — to make my plan and follow my plan.

The “day after” is all about the future.  “The future,” said C. S. Lewis, “is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

Is real change possible?  If you’re like me, you may wonder if you really can change.  Each year millions of people begin the year with new resolutions.  Out of 150 million Americans making resolutions, only 8% actually keep them.

But this year I’m not making a New Year’s resolution.  Instead I am practicing gratitude knowing each day starts new and I’ve been given another chance to continue improving on the plans already established.  To be a new me in 2019 won’t be accomplished without clear objective and focus.  The apostle Paul said, “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Thank you, Lord, for continuing to be at work in my life.  I’m grateful that I’m loved despite not being perfect and allowed a chance to begin again. Do you want to change this year?  If you do, you can – doing your part with God right there beside you.


2 Timothy 4:7     “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”


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