Grace-inspired goal setting diverges from the self-improvement/self-help theories and practices right about the time change gets difficult to sustain.
Some people have focus and determination and strength - and self-improvement is enjoyable. But for many people who are making changes while also recovering from food addictions, emotional stress, years of sedentary living, or mental or physical trauma, making positive changes takes energy and drive they simply do not possess.
Grace & Goals was written for THOSE people. The ones who feel powerless, and tired, and discouraged and weary. Grace-inspired goal setting recognizes that in ourselves we can't make these goals happen. We recognize that our day must begin with the prayer, "Jesus, I can't do this today by myself. Would you please give me your grace so I can make decisions and choices that will support the goals I have set? Thank you! "
If you haven't been praying each morning for help, there is still time.
Today, spend some time thinking about what you are asking for healing FROM. What did your previous choices produce or create? What is it that needs to be healed and helped?
Remembering what you are coming from can help inspire you to continue on, and if you feel especially weary or discouraged today, take a few minutes to pray and remember how far you've come.
Then praise! Thank God for the grace to change, thank Him for the work he's done in your life! Celebrate!
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
When we were still powerless, Christ died for us. (NIV)
He didn't, and doesn't, wait for us to get ready - He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready...(MSG)
...this trouble (discomfort, change-process) you're in isn't punishment, it's training. Embrace God's training so we can truly live. It's the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God's lifelong gifts in order to satisfy short-term appetites.
Hebrews 12:4-17 (selected exerpts)
I am life an olive tree flourishing in the house of God, I trust God's unfailing love for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.
Psalm 52:8-19 NIV (selected exerpts)
Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.
Luke 1:37 MSG
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)