We are already halfway through November and almost done with 2016- when did that happen!?
I think I speak for most of us when I say I am so ready for a new year. This year was extremely rough on the world stage and also one of the hardest years of my life personally. I’m ready for the proverbial “clean slate” of the new year.
Now, I know there isn’t anything magical about the new year. The starting of another year isn’t going to change my habits or attitudes for me. That’s going to take a lot of prayer, consistency, and work. But one of the things I’ve been really convicted about this year is my tendency to put things off until I have a significant date to measure them by. Aka I’ll start journaling at the start of the month, I’ll give up that food on Monday, I’ll stop that habit at New Years.
I get the drama of stopping/starting/changing on a specific date but why oh why should we wait?
If we know there is something we can do to better our lives why do we make ourselves wait for arbitrary days? And yet it happens all of the time. It seems silly when you really look at it, right? It’s not just me that does this, right?
I like to challenge our little tribe every Tuesday to grow in some area.
This week let’s start that project we’ve been putting off, let’s start working towards that fitness goal, let’s quit that bad habit. Start today. Right now. If there is something in your heart and mind that has been nagging at you late at night, that fills you with guilt because you know you should have already started here is your sign : START.
Start writing that book you’ve always wanted to write.
Start those push-ups you’ve always wanted to get better at.
Start praying for that coworker that drives you insane.
Start eating foods that fuel your body and make you feel better.
Start prioritizing your health and get an actual full night of sleep.
Start yoga so you can increase your functional movement.
Start your spring cleaning in the middle of November.
I’ll share with you guys what I started this week. My pastor talked recently about his routine of having Scripture before social media in the morning. This means that before he allows himself to touch his phone and check social media, he opens the Word of God. He sets his foundation for the day on God’s truth. He makes sure that the filter that everything he sees that day will be the Scripture he filled his mind with first thing in the morning. As soon as I heard him explain this routine I felt my chest tighten. I knew this had to be my new habit. I am tired of starting my day scrolling through feeds that nurture competition, jealousy, insecurity, and depression. I want to start my morning by saturating my mind in the sweet love of Jesus, knowing He is above all of this temporary worldly distraction.
Honestly, I’ve only been doing it for a few days but it’s already been such a healthy change. I highly encourage that you try it too (I am loving the SheReadsTruth Mourning and Dancing Scripture study!). I’m just glad that I didn’t wait for when it felt right to start or the first of December or some holiday. I started right now because I want to live every single day of my life on purpose for a purpose. I will strive to no longer arbitrarily put off progress. I hope that speaks to your heart too.
It’s time to start, tribe. Comment or message me and let me know what you’ve decided to start so we can encourage one another!
Happy Tuesday, get started.