It’s Not Too Late: To Begin

Alarm clock on glass tableIt’s Friday. Do you ever get to Friday and think, “Well, it’s the end of the week. I can’t get that much done now. It’s too late.” Actually, (you may not want to hear this!) Friday is just as good as Monday. It just doesn’t feel like it because our mind is already headed toward the weekend. And often, we’re tired from the four days that came before Friday. However, if we change our mindset (and find some caffeine!) we can accomplish plenty, even on Friday. Sometimes, we get that “it’s too late” mentality about other areas of our lives too.

For example, is there something in life that you want to do or accomplish, but you haven’t made it happen yet? You’ve tried. And failed. And tried again. And failed. And given up. And tried again. Or maybe you haven’t failed yet because you haven’t tried yet. Ever feel like you’re going in circles and not making any real progress? We all have things like this — or maybe it’s just me. (I hope it’s not just me!)

The Unfulfilled Desire

Many things can fit into this category. Perhaps you have a project you want to tackle, but just can’t get it done. Perhaps you want to develop more patience or kindness and then find yourself snapping under pressure. Maybe there’s an advancement in your career you want to make that hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps it’s that fitness or weight goal that is so elusive. Maybe you want to write a blog, but after a few posts, life gets in the way or you get sick and are unable to be consistent. Oh wait, that’s me again. 😉

No matter what it is, I’m here to remind you — it’s not too late to begin again. It’s not too late to try again. You can accomplish what you set out to do. You have only to begin. Or begin again. After all, you are reading this blog right now, right? There’s “living proof” for you. Just be willing to try again. And then start. Take the first step. And the next. And the next. Over and over.

The Key to Success

Persistence is the key. Many have talent, but persistence is the difference between potential and success. Persistence is to continue on a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition or previous failure. The Bible puts it this way, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9.)

We must not give up. If we have given up, we can begin anew. Get back to planting the seeds that will bring about the harvest we desire. We are planting seeds into our life and future every day. Let’s make sure it’s the right seed. The time to start again is right now.

Today.

What step will you take today to “begin again?”

When Life Gets in the Way

Great Plans

I had great plans for my blog this month—oops, I guess I mean last month. That’s how fast time has been flying by.

I should say…I had great plans for this blog in August! I even wrote up a Blog Calendar with writing topics for each day I would post. I already have notes on many of them. I was excited. I was ready to go.

Real Life

And then…family came to town to visit, there was birthday upon birthday, and right after that, a door opened and I took a part-time job. A part-time job that was full-time for the first two weeks for training. Busy, busy, busy and at the end of the day I’ve been tired, tired, tired! Life completely got in the way of my great plans.

Life does that a lot, have you noticed? It gets in the way and the next thing we know, we haven’t done quite what we wanted to do.

Maybe it’s those goals we wrote down at the beginning of the year that have gone by the wayside. Perhaps it’s our devotional life that’s been short-changed because of our busyness.

One Thing To Do

There’s only one thing to do. Get back to it. Whatever it is, don’t let it go. Don’t beat yourself up because you haven’t done it already. Just get back at it.

Maybe we need to adjust the goal, downsize the plan or find a different time to make it happen. Maybe we need someone to hold us accountable or a good old-fashioned deadline! Whatever it is, it can be done and we can do it.

Just don’t give up. (We will reap a harvest if we don’t give up! Galatians 6:9) Let’s be diligent. We have to come back to our original plan. Revise it if necessary and most importantly—

Simply try again.

New Schedule

So now I’ll work in an office Wed.-Fri., but I’ll still have Mon. and Tues. to write. I’ll see you right back here next week!

~What plans has life disrupted for you? What can you do today to get back to your original goal?

Don’t Give Up

Glacier Bible Camp

I had never heard of Family Camp until I moved to Montana. Turns out, it’s a wonderful week-long conference on a campground in Hungry Horse, MT. (Yes, the town is called Hungry Horse, named for a couple of horses that got lost in the winter of 1900 and were later found, skinny and hungry, but alive. Couldn’t go on without clearing that up.)

The campground is called Glacier Bible Camp, owned by The Montana District Council of the Assemblies of God, and has a magnificent lodge, as well as dorms and campsites. There is a 1000-seat tabernacle and a smaller prayer chapel, along with a cafeteria, snack shack, basketball and volleyball courts and an outdoor amphitheater! All surrounded by beautiful trees, a river and mountains.

Family Camp

We live close. Just a 25-min. drive and we’re there. Summer is Scott’s work season, so we don’t try to stay on the campground, but we drive up for as many services as possible and I’ve been privileged to sing a special once during the week for many years.

Family Camp is a really cool thing. It starts over 4th of July weekend and runs for eight days. In the weeks to follow, we have tons of kids cycling through for a week that will change their spiritual lives. First, Junior Teen Camp, then Senior Teen, then Kids Camp. Many more events take place at Glacier Bible Camp throughout the year.

Keep Going

Last night, the speaker was Les Welk, the Superintendent for the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. What a powerful Word.

It wasn’t about pushing through to great heights and he wasn’t trying to get everyone “amped up” on a spiritual high. Les talked about Gal. 6:9, which says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Dig Ditches

Then, he took us to a passage in the Old Testament (II Kings 3) where he told us we need to—wait for it—dig ditches. That was the whole key to a military victory because God did a miracle after the army dug ditches. (Check out the story here. It’s amazing.)

Sometimes God promises us victory and then the thing He asks us to do to receive that victory is mundane, boring, and feels an awful lot like work! Sometimes we have to trust that as we plod faithfully on, regardless of how it feels or if it seems like progress to us or not, that God will use our obedience to bring us to victory. He always will.

God Will Show Up

I find that very encouraging. In the areas where it seems like I’m doing what I’m supposed to, but I’m not seeing Big Results yet, I just need to – keep going. So I will. We must not give up if we want to see the harvest. The ditches must be dug for God to do His miracle. Join me?

Is there an area of your life where you have a promise of God, but you are “in the meantime?” Are you being faithful? (Don’t give up!)


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