Would it surprise you if I told you that 92 percent of people don’t actually keep their New Year’s resolutions? (according to research done by University of Scranton). In fact, by the second week of February, 80 percent of New Year’s goals fail, according to U.S. News article “Why 80 Percent of New Year’s Resolutions Fail.” But it doesn’t have to be this way; I’d like to believe we set goals because we want to keep them, not because it’s the “thing to do” every new year.
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo
Although Michelangelo is known as one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen, he credits his creative success to hard work and discipline—the stuff that people don’t see. People tend to focus more on end results and often miss the process it takes to master a craft or succeed in a particular endeavour. Now I’m not saying that results shouldn’t matter, because they do. What I am saying is that the process in which you achieve results matter more.
Have you ever gotten bored of doing the same thing over and over?
Most of us have. And if we are honest, we’ve experienced boredom in our spiritual walk as well. It’s like anything else in our lives. Take work for example: If you do the same thing every day with little or no change or opportunity to grow, you will get bored.
Have you ever heard of the term “blind faith?”
During my university years, I participated in many conversations, a lot of them with people who believe Christianity is nothing but blind faith. Although I disagree, I do understand their reasoning: many “Christians” do often follow what they call their faith, blindly. Meaning, their faith is based on their upbringing, their church, or their pastor as opposed to a faith based on a scriptural foundation.
Over the last few years I’ve seen a handful of friends walk away from the church, and I don’t mean walking away from the church only, but walking away from God and renouncing their faith. Mind you, most of them were zealous and committed believers, people I admired and people who helped me grow in my own faith, but something happened along the way and they are no longer around.
When I was younger, I remember viewing the bible as prehistoric book, written for ancient people and maybe for my grandparents.
It seemed too holy for me.
The gold-trimmed pages and the black leather cover didn’t attract me, not one bit. I avoided any contact with the bible altogether, but not for long.
The woman in the video below had a nonchalant encounter with Grammy-nominated rapper J. Cole while he was filming his documentary for his album 4 Your Eyes Only. What she shared with him was beyond inspiring.
J. Cole learned that the woman had lost two kids in tragic events, yet she was resilient and filled with hope. This caused him to question the reason for her motivation. I mean, what could possibly keep someone’s spirit so steadfast?
In his book “Ask It,” Andy Stanley focuses on one specific question that if applied to your life correctly will help you make better decisions. While the book includes numerous examples of real life experiences, it’s also rooted in biblical principles.
The main question is simple, yet powerful and revolutionary. Applying it to your life can help you avoid pitfalls such as financial turmoil, broken relationships, addictions, and more.
No matter who you are, money can either be a blessing or a curse depending on how you manage it. As a young college graduate in my mid-twenties, I am now realizing how little I know about money.
Plus, I have student loans to pay back and a wedding coming up soon. This gives me even more reason to stay on top of my finances.