“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” — John 7:38
Don’t Give Up!, by Gini Kittle

This is the time of year when the parking spaces at our local YMCA are once again becoming readily available. That is because many of those who made New Year’s resolutions to exercise regularly have started failing.  On January 1st, they made commitments and told their friends and family they had “resolved” to get in shape or determined to lose some weight, but now they have given up and quit going. 

While many believers roll their eyes at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions, resolutions can be tools for strengthening our lives physically and spiritually! The Bible uses active imagery to describe the Christian life — as a race, a fight, a pursuit, a war, and training in godliness … and it encourages us
“do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit … So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

I would like to close by bringing a word of encouragement to those who’ve already faltered in their resolutions and also others who feel like giving up on your goals. 
Don’t give up!  Determination and persistence are important keys to victory in our lives.  This is true whether we are talking about for our physical regiment (exercising and diet) or our spiritual growth and well-being.  Galatians 6:9 puts it this way, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

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