This is only the second week of January and I have seen posts all over social media making light of trying, but already giving up on those “infamous” New Year’s Resolutions!
You did not see a post form me…
Not because I am succeeding at mine, but because I just flat out don’t make them!
I have tried and failed so many times that I have learned a vital life lesson.
I am weak and so very fallible!
One year I remember making a New Year’s Resolution to stick to a new diet!
The diet was called, ‘The Hard Boiled Egg and Hot Dog Diet.’ If you are around my age, you may be groaning with me as you read this, because you remember the popularity of it.
If you are younger than I am you are probably laughing at the title of the diet, let alone the thought of such a ridiculous diet plan!
RIDICULOUS is the right word! You were supposed to eat nothing but hard boiled eggs the first day, then nothing but hotdogs the second day, and then you switched back-and-forth, back-and-forth, back-and-forth. No denying you would lose weight considering you would be eating nothing else but hard boiled eggs and hot dogs, and then you would get so sick of them you ended up eating nothing at all. Great way to lose weight, but not a good way to sustain weight loss or be healthy!
Needless to say…oh I failed miserably! I literally got so sick on the hard boiled eggs day one, that I never even made it to Day Two! My ultimate New Year’s Eve Resolution Fail!
*Side Note: I did not eat hard boiled eggs for years and years after that. To this day I still much prefer scrambled or poached!
That New Year’s Resolution was an EPIC fail. However, I have had resolution fails over and over and over again. They all stem from the same problem….. ME.
I am weak and I fail!
I need an unfailing God to make me strong and RESILIENT!
Without Him I am weak. With Him I am strong.
Resilience is created when God takes a painful, difficult circumstance, not only heals it, but makes us stronger than we were before it!
Isaiah the prophet puts it like this;
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths fall faint and become weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
One of my favorite Bible Commentaries puts it this way;
“God never suffers setbacks, and He helps those who do!”
I love the accurate and succinct way that that sentence puts it. Such Truth spoken short and sweet!
WE FAIL, WE ARE WEAK, WE FACE TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE NOT JUST OR FAIR!
However, if we give them to God, truly release them completely and give them to God, then He takes our painful circumstances, heals us and makes us stronger than ever!
It is not the absence of the pain that makes us strong, it is in the releasing of it to God who heals us and makes us stronger than ever!
That’s RESILIENCE my friends.
God wants that for all of us!
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