Right about now, New Year’s resolutions and promises to make 2017 the year of [insert your word of the year here] are getting lost in the hurry and flurry of real life. Donuts at the office and pizza for dinner (again) weigh down our hopes of establishing healthy eating habits. Our promise to run every day? Chased off by the need to run errands instead. Our read-through-the-Bible plan is stalled somewhere in Egypt. Poor Joseph may never get out of prison.
We are likely accustomed to falling short when it comes to lofty diet and fitness goals. It’s almost a given that our high ideals will sink. However, what should our attitude be when we fall short in spiritual disciplines? After all, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15 ESV).
I grew up in a church with sticker charts on the wall of every Sunday school classroom. Smiley faces and gold stars were (to my mind) visual evidence of my holiness. I reported on my good deeds every Sunday morning. I collected a row full of stickers for Scripture memorization, bringing my Bible to church, dropping coins in the plate, and inviting friends to church. I learned how to do Christianity.
But eventually, those stickers failed me. When my life became challenging, I looked to my metaphorical sticker chart as evidence that God should bless me with a worry-free life. My mind created a holy equation in which my performance equaled God’s blessing, and when things didn’t add up, I decided to ditch my disciplined discipleship.
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