As the excitement of the holidays fades and the new year plods on with the business of reality, I want to remind you that change is hard. And that’s okay.
No matter how deeply you’re convicted about your intentions, at some point you’re going to struggle. Maybe today, maybe next month, but it’ll happen. You’ll look at yourself and wonder why you’re not making progress and feel like it’s pointless and want to give up.
Anything worth doing takes time. You’ll never see a tree spring up overnight, never see a child walk before they can crawl.
While you’re in the thick of change, in the daily grind of life, you’re too close to see results. The adjustments are so subtle, so seemingly mundane that it won’t be until you’re (nearly) at the finish line before you can see how far you’ve come.
Growth is hard, but keep going.
Your persistence in the face of resistance will change your existence.
“Do not think that nothing is happening because you do not see yourself grow, or hear the whirr of the machinery. All great things grow noiselessly. […] All thorough work is slow; all true development by minute slight and insensible metamorphoses.” — Henry Drummond, “The Changed Life”
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us […].” [Rom 5:3-5 NLT]