I need this reminder.
With the enthusiasm of New Year's Resolutions fading away, I am guessing you may need to hear it too.
Changing our behavior is hard work and it takes time.
Very rarely are people able to make significant life changes over night. Not only do we have undo years of habit development, but often we have to deal with our own negative self talk.
At times it really seems like there is a part of us that doesn't want to change, regardless of how bad and unhealthy our behavior may be.
Something that I have been dealing with the last few weeks is the voice that tells me, "That is too little and too late." There is a part of me that wants me to believe that it doesn't matter what I do, all my effort will be a waste in the end. At times it feels like true lasting change is a hopeless dream.
When I listen to that voice I fall back on my old habits. When that I happens I want to throw in the towel and give up.
This is why it is crucial to remember that a mistake is not an excuse to give up. Nothing would ever change if we gave up when a mistake was made.
We need to remember that mistakes happen. They are part of learning a new skill, and it is okay if we are not perfect. The more we work on what we are changing, the easier it will become.
Remember what John wrote; "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 John 1:9; NLT)
God provided a way for us to leave our sin in the past. He knew that we were going to stumble and fall, and so He made sure that even in our sin there would be an opportunity to return to Him.
Because of forgiveness, our sin is not an excuse to give up.
If that is true for sin, how much more true is it for the mistakes we make as we try to alter our habits and change our lives?
Since God forgives our sins, then we should be able to forgive ourselves of the mistakes we make, and keep moving in the direction of becoming a better person.