Are you waiting on something? Hoping something finally changes and you have success? How much longer will you keep trying? At what point will you stop showing up?
It’s early in the New Year, only the 6th day. Are you still here trying? Are you still showing up looking for what you said you wanted? Good for you sister, because there are a whole lot of other people who already gave up.
Success is yours, the breakthrough is yours, the change is yours, if you refuse to quit this time.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Often times we don’t reap a harvest, we don’t see the change, we don’t make the progress, and we don’t taste success because we gave up and quit doing the good we know to do.
What harvest have you sacrificed in the past because you quit?
Now the real question … what harvest are you willing to sacrifice this year by quitting again?
Think about the goals you set for 2021. Imagine those goals are laid out before you on a buffet, all for your choosing. The healthy strong body you would be proud of, the undeniable connection with your creator where you are guided by him, the growing relationships that get better by the day, finances that bring you peace and security instead of stress and overwhelm, along with a happiness down deep in your soul as you live your best, most beautiful life every day. It’s all before you. How much of it are you willing to walk away from?
You know what causes you to walk away from the things you MOST desire? THE THINGS YOU DESIRE RIGHT NOW.
You want to live more, but right now you just want to sleep a little more.
You want to be strong, healthy and confident, but right now you just want a doughnut and creamer in your coffee that tastes like birthday cake.
You want a healthy and loving marriage, but right now you just want to point out that you were right and he was totally wrong.
You want to be financially free to travel, but right now you just want to buy those leggings with a pocket you saw online.
YOU DON’T NEED ANOTHER FREAKING PAIR OF LEGGINGS WOMAN.
YOU WILL NEVER CONVINCE HIM THAT YOU’RE RIGHT BECAUSE HE’S PRETTY DARN SURE HE’S RIGHT.
YOU’RE GOING TO FEEL LIKE CRAP AFTER YOU EAT THAT DOUGHNUT AND YOUR SUGARY CREAMER.
MORE SLEEP WON’T MAKE YOU FEEL MORE AWAKE, YOU’LL STILL BE DRAGGING BUTT AFTER HITTING SNOOZE 5 TIMES, NOW YOU’LL JUST BE DRAGGING BUTT LATE AND BEHIND.
Where are you choices leading you? If you repeat exactly what you’ve done for the first 5 days of this year, where will you be come summer? Is that a place you want to be? Now, adjust accordingly.
How big is the QUIT in you? How weak has your willpower muscle become?
Did you know you were not created to be so dang wishy washy? You were not created to cave in to your cravings. You were not created to be impulsive and reactive. You were not created to be scattered and distracted. As a child of God and a follower of Christ, you are a vessel for God’s spirit. His spirit lives within you, and his spirit empowers you to do things you simply couldn’t do otherwise.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
God gives you power. God gives you love. God gives you self-discipline. Now do something with it.
Stop declaring you just don’t have any willpower. YES YOU DO. God’s spirit gives you willpower. You have been empowered to do every single thing you need to do this year, and keep doing it.
I’ve spent the past month on the coast of Texas. Y’all everything really is bigger in Texas … have you seen the fish we’ve been catching?!!! My shoulders are literally sore from reeling those babies in. We’ve now found every way you can cook fish because in one trip we caught over 130 pounds of fish … we’ve gone 4 times.
We fish with live shrimp, so you throw out the bait on your hook, then you wait. You wait to feel the tinniest tug, then you set that hook and start reeling. Sometimes you wait for a really long time with no action. But here’s the thing … you can’t see what’s happening beneath the surface of the water. At any moment, without your awareness, that monster Redfish could be swimming straight for your shrimp. But here’s the thing … if you grow impatient and take your shrimp out of the water, you’re guaranteed to never catch a darn thing.
I wonder what’s coming your way right now. It’s heading in your direction. Something is about to happen. Breakthrough is coming. But it feels like just another Wednesday morning where the alarm rang too early, the food you really want to eat you shouldn’t eat, and you don’t feel like doing any of the things you know you need to do. DON’T GIVE UP NOW.
If you give up today, you will miss what was about to happen. You will never know what you could have landed my sister.
Every day we show up and we try. We give it our best. It won’t always be perfect, but dang it you better be trying. You better be practicing with the power, love and self-discipline God’s spirit gives you. Don’t waste that! And if you will refuse to give up this time, if you will resist the quit that has sidelined you in the past, YOU WILL SEE CHANGE. You will make progress. You will meet your goals. You will reap that harvest.
There are things happening you can’t see here. But one day you will if you don’t give up.
Take a look at your goals for this new year again. Now, take a black sharpie and just mark right through the ones you’re willing to sacrifice and give up on. Go ahead, just mark them off now if you plan on quitting.
No? You don’t want to do that? You still want to live up to your potential this year? You still want to climb on up to becoming the woman you were created to be, living the life God says is possible for you? Okay then, NO FREAKING QUITTING THIS TIME!