Undoubtedly there are few who are not ready to put 2020 behind us, if for no other reason than the new year is about to start and that's always like breathing in fresh crisp air on a cool autumn morning. You may need a fresh start in your weight loss goals, in your spiritual walk, in your marriage, in business, in just this week or you may feel like a total failure and be really feeling like everything is a loss.
Long before you were born, God knew we would all have those feelings at one time or another and He also knew we would be distracted by the past so much that it would paralyze us with fear to be who He created us to be.
Before you can go on, you first have to Stop Making Excuses. Our pastor recently preached on this - spurring us on to better things. He reminded us - Stop making excuses for your failures, stop blaming other people, stop being a victim. Face the problem!
This is NOT fun in any way, to be honest with yourself, to admit you are not perfect, to admit you may need some help, but it is the only way. Why do we form friendships, get married, hang out with sisters, brothers, cousins? Because two heads are better than one and sometimes we need someone to "check us"; however until you are able to accept the truth, you will never be able to act on it.
God's wisdom continues in Proverbs 28:13, He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses AND forsakes them will have mercy.
So the new year is around the corner, but ultimately you can start new any time. That's where my success has been, realizing that I need to start fresh regularly and every time I fall, I get back up, otherwise I would just stay down. So i am encouraging myself to recognize where I have failed at so I can learn from those mistakes and perfect it from there.
Take Thomas Edison for example, it took a 1000+ tried to invent the light bulb, yet he recognized what did not work and went on to improve it. The only thing worse than failing is not learning from it.
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison
Looking at the 2nd verse, we must recognize our tenacity and determination are gifts from God and if we will seek Him, He will make a way. Look again at verse 19 of Isaiah 43 - "I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
May we have the courage to face our failures and the wisdom to seek God's help to Start again.