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Resolutions: The Power of Plodding

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Here’s my final word on resolutions. Life is messy. Our best laid plans seldom happen, at least in the way we envisioned. Life, like algebra, is full of unknown variables. Trust me. I have eight children. I am an expert on managing chaos.

But chaos, uncertainty, mayhem or whatever you call it doesn’t mean we stop pursuing God-given goals. We press on. We plod ahead. We adjust our plans.

I love this reminder from the Apostle Paul:

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

Pursuing godly resolutions requires perseverance. And sometimes the best strategy is to plod on. I love what Jon Bloom has written:

Today is going to be a challenge.

You will not make perfect plans. You will not work your plans perfectly. You’ll find a bog of ambiguity that you’ll need to step through carefully. There will be detours and delays. There will be equipment failures. You will spin your wheels. There will be unexpected phone calls and undesired emails. Social media will keep poking you for attention. Your indwelling sin and others’ indwelling sin will throw you curveballs. There will be some swings and misses. Your creativity won’t flow like you want it to when you want it to. And when you actually get to the project that you’ve scheduled time for at the time you scheduled it for, you won’t feel like doing it.

So what will you do when faced with these challenges? Plod on.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. The older I get the more I admire those who have chosen to stay in the race. They don’t quit. They remain steady throughout life’s many challenges.

Their secret?

Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

In the end, you’ll be amazed at the ground you’ve covered and the goals you’ve achieved.

Plod on!

  1. Kerry Drake
    February 13th, 2015 at 03:19 | #1

    I laughed out loud at the punch line from Jon Bloom! All good humor has a basis in truth or real life experiences. Keep em comin brother.

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