New Year-New Me

New Year-New Me

I admit that I fall for the new year-new me hype each year. I am a regular exerciser. However, each January I find myself more willing to take on a new and more difficult challenge as I pursue my illusion of the perfect balance of strength and endurance.

This year’s endeavor requires the use of these cute little slides. They are rather deceitful and come with warnings like use extreme caution and no one under the age of 18 should use without adult supervision. What did I sign up for?

I should have looked at pictures first. This example of how I will need to contort and support my body is telling me to abort the plan. But, I can do hard things. Right?

22 Isn’t it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust? 23 Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table. 24 The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day. (Proverbs 14:22-24 MSG)

What I hold onto with the new year-new me mantra is that I can do hard things. Hard work, dedication, and tenacity are needed in all aspects of life. I need them in my work life, spiritual life and personal life. The hard work I put into my physical wellbeing gives me mental strength and perseverance in all other aspects of my life.

Life is hard. Change is inevitable. Resilience is built. I believe that practicing hard work helps me face life’s challenges.

The wisdom in Proverbs reminds us the importance of character building. God is shaping us, molding us into His likeness. Part of that likeness is the ability to do hard things.

Do you follow the new year – new you hype? How do you prepare yourself to handle hard things? Are you in training to be resilient? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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