Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Many people do and few seem to stick to them. I find it comical that every January the workout equipment and dieting cookbooks all seem to go on sale because people make resolutions to work out more or lose weight.
I have been working out regularly for a while now; however, I did start a new program recently and while it is effective, I don’t really enjoy it. I must admit it has been hard to get up at 5 a.m. every day and work out alone, particularly with it getting colder. Recently, my husband has been joining me for the workouts and it has made it much easier to get out of bed and drag myself downstairs. Just knowing someone else is counting on me to get up gives me the extra boost to keep going.
The Christian walk is similar. There are times it is hard to keep going, particularly if you feel like you are alone. God never intended for us to be alone [Genesis 2:18]. He created us for relationship with Him and others [Matthew 22:37-39]. As the Body of Christ we are to help one another through the journey.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
Think for a moment about the people in your life who push you to keep on when you feel like quitting. Who encourages you to go the extra mile? Thank the Lord for bringing them into your life and when the opportunity arises, thank them for being there for you.