How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Remember how committed and excited you were to go after those things you felt called to at the beginning of the year?
Typically I don’t quite feel the same way around this time of year!
Two months into the year I intentionally create some space to see how I’m doing. While there usually is some progress, there’s also generally a sense of “I thought I’d be further long by now!”
So what do you do when you’ve seen some breakthrough but there are still battles to be won?
In the 9th chapter of the Gospel of Mark, I see Jesus doing some things that give me some helpful perspective about this. Up to this point, Jesus has seen significant breakthrough. Preaching to the masses, casting out demons, healing people and investing in the disciples. Now we find Him pausing, going up a mountain to rest and reflect.
Why is this important? Because, like our New Years’ resolutions, there’s still work to be done. Jesus still has work to do in raising up His disciples and in the near future he knows that the cross is coming.
1) Keep an unwavering belief
Jesus is both surprised and disappointed in their unbelief, responding “what do you mean, ‘if?’ Anything is possible if a person believes.”
Yes, there’s still more battle even after significant breakthrough – it’s crucial we keep an unwavering faith (both in perspective and in practice) until the task is complete.
2) Double-down with discipline and consistency
It’s easy to let up on the gas a bit after we see some results – however Jesus reminds them that sometimes it takes “more effort” to win in the forth quarter or ultimately get the ball across the goal line.
What got you here, won’t get you there – so double-down. What disciplines and rhythms do you need to ensure you don’t ease up on to achieve the prize?