Does this sound familiar to you………..
You come up with some new idea, something you are really passionate and excited about. A goal you maybe have, or something new you want to try. You begin thinking about how this idea will enhance you as a person, and how fulfilling it will be for your life. You make a plan, do your research, and begin.
Initially, your soul is on fire with this new endeavor. You put everything you have into it…..for a while. Soon enough, that fire dies down into a sizzle. You place less time and energy on this endeavor that once inspired you. Your slow decline in your time commitment to this endeavor makes you less and less motivated until………………poof. That burning flame has died out.
What the heck happened?
I think this probably happens to all of us in some part of our lives. It may be trying to establish an exercise schedule, pursue a new hobby, or achieve a career goal. Any new goal we set takes a lot of energy and dedication. We all get “burnt out” (hence the above analogy). We’re only human; we don’t have an endless supply of energy and self-control. But, if we’re trying to do something that will truly enhance our lives wouldn’t it be worth our time and effort to pursue it? Shouldn’t we love our future selves more than our current selves?
Much easier said than done. Between the laundry, the dishes, the grocery shopping, the appointments, and having to go to work for 30-40 hours a week it is hard to fit in the time to pursue any new venture. Not just the time, as we could do great things with even an extra 20 minutes a day, but more-so the energy. After all of our other commitments of daily life we are now expecting ourselves to muster up the energy to add one more thing to the list.
If you’re like me I’m sure you are wondering if it is all worth it. The late nights and early mornings, the time spent on this endeavor that could be spent with family or catching up on some much needed rest, and the risk you may be taking (whether financial or personal) to pursue this goal. Is it truly worth it? My answer: you never know until you try. I think it best to try and fail rather than not try at all and always wonder “what if.”
“Let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
We will run out of steam. Our energy and motivation will get depleted. But this doesn’t mean we are giving up. Life is full of trial and error: of starting over and getting back on our feet. This is ok! I’ve heard it said before, and I’ll say it again – you only fail if you give up.
Thankfully we have a loving and steadfast Lord of love on our side. He is our everything so we don’t have to be. Where we fall short, he exceeds all expectations. Through Him, all things are possible!
My favorite saying recently is, “When in doubt, pray it out.” When we are unsure whether something is worth our time, the Good Lord will guide us in the right direction. If we stay persistent with our prayers and intentional about seeking God’s guidance, He will lead us in the right direction! So go on my friend, go after that goal and pray about it. With God by your side, nothing is impossible!