The Frustrating Practice of Starting Again

We’ve all done it: we’ve all blown it again, after we made a promise to God, others, and ourselves that we wouldn’t blow it again. I’m certainly no exception to this rule. Whether I have said something that I shouldn’t have said, or lost my temper for the thousandth time, I have grown frustrated with the practice of starting again. But I can’t quit: we can’t quit. So I wanted to share a couple of things that help me begin again.

  • Remember the training. In his autobiography, Henry Ford wrote, “It is failure that is easy. Success is always hard.” I couldn’t agree with this more. If we’re going to be successful spiritually, then our success is going to demand our dedication and hard work. Spiritually maturity and purity don’t simply happen.
  • Remember the fight. The Apostle Paul referred to “the fight” toward the end of his life, referencing the Christian life. It isn’t a walk in the park: it’s a fight . . . and we must fight the fight well (see 2 Timothy 4:7).
  • Remember the promise. At the end of the day, God has made outstanding promises . . . promises that should encourage us in our discouragement, strengthen us in our weakness, reinvigorate us in our indifference. Here are 2 worth memorizing:
    • Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose concerning me.”
    • Philippians 1:6: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Regardless of where you may find yourself in your walk with Christ, know that the life He calls us to requires training, fighting, and faith in the promises that He’s made — and will keep! And when you’re frustrated with starting again, remember . . . He isn’t. In his grace and mercy, take the next step.

Blessings,

Joe

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