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.
One of the most insightful scriptures I’ve ever read is Jeremiah 17:9. It speaks so much truth into what human nature is like. Here is what it says:
“The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?”
Above All Things
Above all things and beyond cure! I don’t know about you, but that really pops out to me. I mean, your heart, the very centre of your being, your emotions, your will is deceitful above anything else. The truth is, our motivations change like the hands on a clock. At any given point, I could have the purest motivation in my endeavours, however, in an instance, that could change.
5 years ago today, I made the best decision I’ve ever made: the decision to follow Jesus. I lived my whole life searching for meaning, acceptance, purpose, truth, and love. And I found all of these things in my relationship with God. Not only that, but I’m also a part of his kingdom, where I’ve received love, support, encouragement, and acceptance.