“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this,

that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion

until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:4-6



The parking lot was packed this morning. Those of us who are regulars at The Y just rolled our eyes, knowing it would be mere days, possibly weeks before life would return to normal. The resolutions would be broken; the wonderful intentions set aside; my favorite parking spot available once again.

Despite the astronomical failure rate, I wanted to have my own resolutions. I, too, wanted to start the new year “resolved.” I really do want to lose the pounds, say goodbye to the sugar, and learn to be nice. I’m tired of taking three steps forward, only to fall back one (or two or three). I’m tired of trudging up mountains and getting stuck in a ravine.

This morning I got a delightful email from Dr. Rita Hancock. Even though she was speaking specifically about weight loss, I was encouraged by the overall message. She reminded me that New Year’s is as good a time as any to start off (re)freshed. In God’s economy, we get a fresh start every minute, not just once a year.

And in God’s eyes, we’re each a wonderful work in progress. He’s not done with any of us yet. As we trudge, He’s there to encourage, inspire, and empower. And for that, I thank and praise Him.