A Laurel Rested Upon……..


Well, it’s January 10th.  How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution(s)?  For those of you who made dieting and/or fitness goals for the year, you are most likely in one of two places as of today.  Some of you may be discouraged because you aren’t living up to your own expectation of where you wanted to be in the first 10 days and I am sure that some of you are doing quite well and are very encouraged!

I remember the first months when I began to run.  Some days were great and I felt very accomplished and some days were just downright painful and I would feel so frustrated that I could be that physically out of shape!  Of course, like any exercise program, as I stuck with it, running began to get easier.  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I don’t use a running app.  I rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Some days I would run a particular distance and sometimes I would just run as long and as far as I possibly could, in order to increase my endurance.  One of my favorite parts of pushing myself to the limit was being able to turn around and see how far I had actually run.  It would give me motivation to keep with my schedule of running three days per week.

One morning I had run particularly far and I was quite pleased with myself.  I was getting ready to turn around and see how far I had come and I felt the Lord say not to look back.  Then I heard this old saying pop up in my head:

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

What that saying means to me is that when we focus on what we have already accomplished, we tend to want to stay in that place or on that level of success. If we think that we have arrived in any area of our life, it makes us less coachable, teachable and trainable.  That is why I believe Paul said:

Philippians 3:13New Living Translation (NLT)

13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

What resolutions did you make this year and how have you had victory in your first ten days?

Be blessed,



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