Believe it or not, we are approaching the end of week five of the 365 day challenge. How quickly it seems we have arrived at this destination. Five weeks ago when we started, it seemed like five weeks was an eternity away, but here we are now. Though these five weeks seem to have passed by so quickly, that does not mean nothing has been accomplished. As a matter of fact, there should be a solid foundation of consistency. Some of bad habits we had are now sitting on the distant shores of our keeping our commitment and we are pushing forward with a new enthusiasm. Old things are passing away, and the new principles of a healthy lifestyle are becoming apart of who we are desiring to become. As we continue our journey, it is vital we don’t let this ‘new’ part become stale and then turn into just another boring bad habit. We must continue to push for growth. Think about it! True happiness is birthed in progress. When we feel like we are growing, we feel good and vibrant about ourselves. When we feel stagnant, as though nothing is moving forward, then we begin to fall into a place of discouragement. So it is of an utmost importance for us to push for continued growth.
One of the best ways to do this is for us to add new ways or principles to the foundation that we have created in these past five weeks. The scripture gives us a great perspective of this in 2 Peter 1:4-8 when Peter talks about adding more to the foundation of our divine nature. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Just as there is no such thing as a stagnant Christian (well at least there is not supposed to be), there should be no such thing as stagnant lifestyle. Our lives should be continuallygrowing in an upward and heavenly fashion. But in order to grow up, we have to continually be adding new goals and new challenges. For instance, my initial goal was to run at least one mile day and for thirty-one straight days I have done this, but now I want to add other forms of exercise that will help me to become a stronger runner. Over the years I have learned that having strong core muscles is one of the keys to becoming a better runner. Now recently, after I have run my one mile, I have begun to ADD burpees. I know burpees are a type of exercise that will ADD to my foundation and only help to make me stronger. Like the spiritual principle of adding virtue to my faith, I am adding burpees to my running. True growth only comes with adding MORE to who you are now so you can become who you want to be.
So today, as we begin a new month, it would be great to take a step back and re- examine where you have been and also look forward to where you desire to go. Think about what you can add to the foundation you have created since the new year. I am not talking about a huge add on to your routine but to add something that will help make your foundation even stronger. For example, if you have been drinking one juice a day, it might behoove you to add another juice to your daily routine. Or if you have been walking / running a mile a day, it may a good time to ADD another mile to what you have been doing. Don’t be afraid to examine yourself and add more because as we have already learned from the past, true growth doesn’t take place in the negatives, true growth occurs on the plus side of life.