Sometimes I tend to be one...
a 'black or white' person.
I am sometimes guilty of making a strong sweeping decision and declaring it boldly! On MONDAY, this diet is going to swing into full speed ahead, only to find that by Wednesday, (or Tuesday) there have already been stumbles.
I am NEVER going to do or say THAT again, or...
You get the idea.
My daughter sent this from her devotional the other day, thoughts by Paul Tripp, which I hope he doesn't mind me quoting. It is pretty awesome...
He was writing on New Years Resolutions, but the same principle applies to ALL of our big self made declarations of change.
"Can be I honest with you? I think your New Year’s resolution isn’t going to
be as effective as you hope it will, if it works at all.
Is change important? Absolutely. Is commitment essential? Of course. Is
improving your lifestyle a wise decision? Without a doubt. So I don’t want to
discourage you from writing or keeping a New Year’s resolution, but I do want to
challenge the way you think about biblical change.
You see, Christianity – which has the gospel of Jesus Christ at the center –
simply doesn’t rest its hope in big, dramatic moments of change. The fact of the
matter is this: the transforming work of grace operates in 10,000 little
moments more than it does in a series of two or three life-altering
In other words, the character and quality of your life won’t be defined by
two or three life-changing moments. No, the character and quality of your life
will be defined by the 10,000 little decisions, desires, words, and actions you
make every day.
How you can you be a better you in 2015? Confess in 10,000 little moments of
conviction. Be courageous in 10,000 little moments of faith. Obey in 10,000
little moments of decisions. Choose the kingdom over God over the kingdom of
self in 10,000 little moments of desire.
You don’t need a big resolution to change your life, because your life isn’t
established in big moments. Your life is established in 10,000 little moments,
and Jesus Christ is present and active in all those moments. In these small,
seemingly insignificant moments, he’s delivering every redemptive promise he has
made to you. In these 10,000 little moments, the Lord is working to rescue you
from you and transform you into his likeness.
By sovereign grace, God places you in 10,000 little moments that are designed
to take you beyond your character, wisdom, and grace so that you'll seek the
help and hope that can only be found in him. In a lifelong process of change, he
is undoing you and rebuilding you again - exactly what each one of us needs!"
Those words really hit my heart, for me. I think you might feel the same. It's one step at a time, one thought, one decision, not one big declaration of all that we are GOING to do. Our slates are wiped clean when we accept Him, but the ongoing process includes 10,000 choices on our part, every day.
I love that! God's grace is there for every one of the 10,000 and more.
(image courtesty of Google)