If you had 100 chances and failed on all of them except for number 57, then that’s 1 less time out of 100 that you failed. Changing takes time. It takes effort, diligence, perseverance.
Seeing good progress often seems like it takes forever to get there, but you need to remember that all of your tiny actions to make it right are eventually going to cause you to arrive at your desired destination. Celebrate the incremental victories. A friend on twitter is trying to stop cutting. She’ll post day 24. Day 11. Day 40. And yes, sometimes she messes up, but she starts over and is gaining good ground.
God is pleased with you when you make one effort to move toward change. One little bitty effort is good:
- Deciding to be free of a specific sin is an effort
- Casting down a wrong thought
- Switching your attitude mid-way through the response
- Looking up a verse or verses in the area you are working on
- Praying for help when you feel weak
- Waking up with a mindset that today is a fresh start (no matter how many days you repeat that)
Remember that a small push to retrain your brain is better than no effort at all! The devil would try to convince you that your tiny actions are effortless and will gain you no headway, but he is lying to you! He’ll put a thought in your head along the lines of making you think you have to be Super Christian Extraordinaire before you can gain victory.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV
God has given you His power. He has provided His strength. Keep going; you’ll get run over if you just sit there. And when you take a little step His strength enters your feet and causes them to stand. You just keep applying the Word like it’s an ointment to an injury. Continue to be obedient as much as you can.
Then one day you’ll be attending to a new area because the old one is crucified.
How have you made a little bitty effort lately?
*If you are passionate enough to not be satisfied with your sin and want to seriously be free of a specific shortcoming, then see the posts Overcoming Weaknesses with a Plan of Action and How to Transform Weaknesses Into Victory.
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