About 6 months ago, gyms were being overrun with new memberships and sporting goods stores were making a killing on fitness apparel. It always happens around the first of the year. For some reason, we have come to believe that January 1 is not only a good time to make resolutions, but if we fail to keep them, we're afraid to start over until next January.
The truth is, it's always a good time to resolve to do better. Whether it's dieting, fitness, spiritual discipline, or anything else, it's not necessary to wait until the New Year to start doing better.
We just have to make a new start. The first key to starting anew is to apply what we know we should do. We have to put in some effort, make a plan. A few years ago I had a co-worker who would spend 30-40 minutes every day watching fitness videos. He said he found them interesting and he liked to learn about various forms of exercise. However, he never applied what he learned. Consequently, although he was knowledgeable about fitness, he wasn't physically fit at all!
In James 1:22-25, Jesus' brother explained the same concept about the need to apply spiritual truth in our lives. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it - not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it - they will be blessed in what they do."
It's not the New Year, but it's never too late to start again, with a fitness plan, with a diet plan, with a daily devotion plan or even starting to walk with Jesus once again. And if you get off track, start again, and again. Don't just know what you should do, do it.
Whether you are starting or continuing a fitness plan or a walking with Jesus plan, the Calvary Running Team can help. We would love to help you start again and find success. Our training schedule will be a bit different this week as I will be out of town at the Pastors Conference. There will be no Wednesday meeting. On Saturday anyone who would like can meet at 8 am at Pre's Trail (the Alton Baker Park entrance) and on Sunday, we will all come together again at 7 pm at Clearwater Trail. I hope to see you there.