The First Step Is The Hardest

January 1 fell on a Sunday this year which makes it interesting when you are setting out to accomplish a New Years resolution. As someone who has failed at more resolutions than I have accomplished I laughed out loud when I read an Instagram post that said, “Shoutout to everyone who said they would start eating healthy in the new year and already decided to wait until Monday.” The first step is usually the hardest, especially when it comes to change.

The Bible doesn’t speak directly to the issue of procrastination but it does give us all kinds of warnings and wisdom regarding laziness and not understanding that life is short so we shouldn’t waste time because eventually in all our lives time is going to be the one thing we wish we had more of. So, here are a couple of verses of scripture to keep in mind to help motivate you as you step out in setting and accomplishing your goals for 2023. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” and that includes even our own selves.

The book of James has much to say regarding our planning and delaying in doing what we set out to do when the half brother of Jesus writes, “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (James 4:13-17). Remember, its impossible to steer a parked car! Get r’ Done!


Michael Osthimer




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