Trying something new!

Matt Whitacre   -  

Have you ever decided to try and start something new?

Maybe you want to learn a new language, learn to play an instrument, start running, or even learn to paint! It can be exciting to try new things (especially during times like these), but sometimes starting something new can be a bit daunting. I’ve oftentimes found myself so excited to start something new, but then get easily overwhelmed and discouraged when I realize how far away I actually am from my goal. Today, I want to encourage you to stay hopeful in your new endeavor!

 

It’s ok to start small—you don’t have to bite off more than you can chew!

Have a goal to run 10 miles? Start by running 1.

Want to learn a new language? Start by studying 10 minutes a day.

Finally want to get around to learning to play that guitar you bought a while ago? Start by learning the names of the strings.

 

It’s the same way in our spiritual lives. In our desire to become closer to our Father, it can be frustrating when we just don’t “feel like anything is working.”

 

Start with short, frequent prayers before trying to pray for a half hour. Commit to spending time reading a chapter of the Bible a day before trying to read the whole bible in 90 days.

The principle here is this—smaller consistencies will have more of a lasting impact (and lead to greater results) than infrequent overwhelming pushes towards a goal (most of the time). In any case, take it from the Apostle Paul, who encouraged us to push towards the high calling of Christ (Phil 3:14).

Don’t get discouraged, just keep going!
Take it slow and do it all for the glory of God!

P.S. – In starting something new, resist the temptation to compare yourself to ANYONE else. This will lead to frustration, doubt, and in some cases, jealousy. Each person’s journey is different and that is ok! God made you PERFECTLY you. Rest in that, do your best, and go try something new 🙂

 

– Pastor Matt