My willpower is not as strong as I would like for it to be. I am weak and make excuses when it comes to self-discipline. It is too easy for me to say, “I do not want to do that now. It will still be there tomorrow.” Or I might say, “That is too hard.” My favorite response to doing something I do not really want to do is to say, “I would rather curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.” What is your favorite excuse for not doing what you know you should do?
Resolutions are always made after self-evaluation. It is obvious I need willpower. Therefore, I decided my first day challenge must be related to having the determination to do what I should do. I must focus on my mettle. But how? The only way I know to do this is to focus on my source of strength—God. Scripture tells us repeatedly to recognize the strength of God.
- But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
- Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. 1 Chronicles 16:11
- The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14
Resolved Day 1: I will think about the strength of God throughout the day. When I feel weak or have doubts, I will focus my mind on God. Today I will memorize 1 Chronicles 16:11.