During this season of Resolutions, dare we explore the concept of Faithfulness? Can we dust it off a bit and revisit what we’ve learned about it over the years? We’ve probably all heard statements such as:
“Stick to something you’ve started.”
“Hang in there when the going gets rough.”
“Keep focused on your goal.”
“Take baby steps toward a larger goal.”
“Put effort in daily to reach your weekly or monthly goal.”
What does this look like in our daily messy lives?
Sticking to something faithfully is hard. Some days are rainy and our energy level is low. We tend to be fickle and change our minds about things. It’s easier to rationalize our way out of something than look at the true motivation underlying our initial intentions.
It’s easy to get tangled up in the definition of Faithfulness. It’s personal for each one of us and changes throughout our lifetime. I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve observed or experienced as Faithfulness:
–a young Mom continuing to say “no” to her pleading child imploring for a treat at the checkout stand
–a daughter showing up over and over again to care for her aging parents
–a husband heading out the door to work each day while the wife and kids are home enjoying winter break
–following through on a workout plan by asking a friend to be an accountability partner because the motivation lapses are real, folks
–hearing the same story over and over, yet making eye contact and nodding at your loved one as they share it again
–a spouse doing an unspoken labor of love
–a stepmom helping her stepdaughter fix her hair even though it will make the family late for church
–a child keeping up with his chores
–saying those bedtime prayers with your squirming child when you feel exhausted to the core
–a parent asking a teenage son, “how was your day?” despite hearing the rote response of “fine” week after week
–a tired Dad helping his child with homework after his grueling day at work
–keeping scheduled appointments and checking in on time
–showing up for field trips and class parties for your younger children when the “all shiny and new” experiences with your firstborn have faded away
–making meals that are family favorites but may require some extra effort on your part or that may not be your favorite
–sending a birthday card to a friend rather than posting a quick one-liner on FB
–allowing friends or family to have their own way of doing things without being judgy; figuring out what is “your way” and being constant in this
–carving out some Quiet Time in midst of the daily Loud and Busy
–following up with a friend who has shared some recent struggles
–being a cheerful giver
“…the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” Psalm 117:2
God is faithful and just. He keeps His promises. Our attempts at Faithfulness may seem feeble as we strive to meet our daily purpose, but He is present and watchful of each little step. We inch along, ever so slowly, bit by bit toward His plan for us.
May the New Year provide us with many opportunities to be full of Faith in gestures big and small.
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