Some nights I have trouble sleeping, and on those nights/mornings, I will usually try and take advantage of the time I have been given by reading or running. The other night I was having one of those nights, so I laced up my running shoes, put on a head lamp, and ran out the door. While I was running, I began to feel pretty good as my adrenaline was kicking in and I made the sweeping statement that I was going to do this every day! It didn’t matter if I was having one of those nights anymore, I was going to set my alarm, and go running every day! And eat healthier! And have more patience! And turn off the football games and read books by great authors! But then the next day happened, my alarm buzzed, and I turned it off and went back to sleep.
I think we often make declarations. It being Constitution week, we are going to hear a lot about declarations, but we make declarations about how our lives are going to turn around. We are going to read every page assigned to us this semester! We are going to make all As! We are going to come to every Wednesday night Common Ground service at 8pm in the Glasshouse (wink)! But as the days and weeks go by, we settle back into our old routines, and even our old temptations.
Alcoholics Anonymous knows that making declarations never works. For good or bad. Saying, “I’m never drinking again” will not keep one from drinking in the moment of weakness. Instead, it must take a change of heart, not a declaration. It is by transformation and persistence that we are healed. So that is my new focus. Not to make a sweeping change in my life, but to show a little extra effort constantly, with my principles and values in mind. It is my daily prayer, to gain resolve for incremental change. And that is my prayer for you.