Congratulations! If you’re reading this post, then you’ve completed week one of “The New Self Challenge”. Give yourself a pat on the back. You’re well on your way to building positive Christian habits.
It’s always exciting to start something new, especially when it has to do with our relationship with Jesus. As Christians, we have a strong desire to get to know our Lord and Savior more intimately. As teenagers, we’re all for starting things, and we’re great at it—we’re just not always as good at finishing them.
But this challenge isn’t supposed to be easy to finish. In fact, this challenge is designed to take you out of your comfort zone. It’s designed to push you to grow in maturity in your relationship with Christ. It’s designed to help you establish godly habits that will continue, even after the challenge is over. And that’s where the real challenge is. Maintaining the habits that you build through this challenge.
Now, don’t get me wrong: building habits isn’t easy. It’s incredibly difficult. But it’s a whole lot easier than maintaining those habits. When you start something new, like “The New Self Challenge” for example, you’re amped. You’re excited. Day one is a blast (at least, I hope!). Day two is a breeze. Day three is encouraging. Day six is still enjoyable, but you’re getting a little bored. By day nine or ten, you’re like, “Is this really worth it?” The reason I can say this with such confidence is because I’m the same way. I have started so many challenges in the past that still aren’t finished. Now, if day ten is already difficult, imagine day 67 or day 120, or maybe even day 239. See why I say maintaining the habit is where it really gets difficult?
I’ve realized recently that just about everything is harder when you’re on your own. Whether it’s being consistent in your exercise routines or reading your Bible, it’s tough when you don’t have someone holding you accountable. We’re going to be talking more specifically about accountability partners and what to look for in an accountability partner later on in the challenge, but I do want to touch on it briefly in this post.
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, we read: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
It’s easier to be consistent in your devotions when you know that someone is going to shoot you a message or give you a call later on in the week and when they do… they’re going to ask you how those devotions are going.
So start running through your list of friends in your mind now. Be thinking these next couple of weeks about who can hold you accountable and make sure that you’re being consistent in your devotions.
Again, great job on completing week one and keep up the good work! Stick with it. You won’t regret it.