Today I read a very good blog about why we don’t keep our New Year’s Resolutions. It came with various suggestions to finally move forward this year. One commenter stated his opinion that if we don’t make certain achievements, we should “man up” and have the courage to admit to ourselves that we can’t. So, essentially, suck it up and live accordingly.
This really struck a chord with me.
Perhaps if he had suggested that we need to explore our different talents and passions, then I would have respected his post a little more. However, in the context of his comment, his suggestion was that we are not all capable of receiving the same level of success.
What a pitiful stumbling block to throw in anyone’s path.
I believe what the Bible says, and the Bible makes it very clear that those who love God are equally in God’s desire to be prospered.
Luke 11:13 (King James Version)
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
Consider the verses that talk about faith and how anything in Christ is possible.
Matthew 17:20 (King James Version)
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
And the following verse is really great for those who have felt defeated in their work:
Isaiah 43:18-19 (King James Version)
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
If it had not been for my faith in God, there is so much that I have today that I would not have. And I don’t just mean tangible things… yes, there are those. But I’m also talking about the changes that took place in me as a person. There were trials that made me stronger and smarter. Those trials I may never have faced if I didn’t stand on God’s promises. But because I did stand on His promises, I came through the trials with victory and now have the strength to overcome greater trials that gave me greater character. Through all this, I received wonderful tangible gifts that I otherwise could not handle having.
So we might not necessarily see huge accomplishments happen overnight. But if move forward with faith through our challenges, we’re sure to prosper later on.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Keep God in the center of your life and your business in 2010, and watch that you might not have enough room to receive all His blessings.
If you’d like to join with me as an accountability partner, I’d love to hear from you.