Have you ever decided to start fresh with something like a diet or a reading plan? Maybe a workout regimen or even a relationship? I have been in a season of fresh starts and new goals this summer and fall and it has been invigorating, almost addicting. I have seen God move in my heart as I have devoted a regular time each morning to reading my Bible and journaling. I have found new motivation to start committing to the things I love such as coaching soccer. I have embraced my solo status and started attending soccer games and musicals on my own and it has been awesome! But I have also had days where I missed my morning quiet time or sat on the couch rather than adventured out after a long day at work.
There are going to be days when we are tired of the effort or we honestly just forget why we’re doing what we’re doing. Those are the days when we must especially learn not to rely on our own strength but His. “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you'” (Isaiah 41:13).
As the busyness of the holiday season approaches and my work load picks up through the fall and winter, it may be easy to lose steam. Some may consider it overly ambitious to take on new goals when it might be more practical to maintain these new routines I have established these last few months. BUT, as we’ve been reminded again and again, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
So for this new season of maintaining routines and setting new goals, I have adopted a new name for the blog: Authentically Alex. In this new season, I hope to attempt authenticity more often by posting more regularly as the Lord lays topics on my heart. But in the spirit of authenticity, I also acknowledge that there are days and weeks that I will fall short. I will forget to post or I will feel unmotivated to compose my thoughts. But in those moments, I will choose to meditate not on my shortcomings but rather on the opportunities for learning, acceptance and God’s grace and sufficiency in my weakness. Because isn’t that what it’s all about?