Determinination. The perfect word for January 31.
Statics show us the majority of people who made New Year Resolutions have already given up on them. Perhaps they were unrealistic or lofty. With every intention of reaching the goal they gave up when life got difficult or they got bored or another option caught their attention or fancy.
Disaster, disease, and disillusionment throw detours in our path, and the easy response is to give up. The enemy loves when we give up.
The Apostle Paul knew a lot about discouragement, but he never gave up. He wrote this to the believers in Philippi: Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12, HCSB).
I make every effort. I press on. With all the strength of the One who has taken hold of me, I grab onto that goal and keep moving forward.
No matter what. Don’t quit. Never give up. Here’s the good news: We are MORE than conquorers. We win. I know—I read the end of the book!
Stay the course. Keep determined. Hold to your resolve. How? Paul tells the Philippians that, too!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)