We are almost two weeks into the New Year. How is everyone doing with your resolutions? Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we get knocked down and fail. In the words of Rocky Balboa in Rocky V, “when things get hard, don’t look for someone to blame. Nobody is going to hit as hard as life, but life is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how WINNING is done. You’ve got to be willing to take the hits without pointing fingers at someone to blame. Cowards do that and that ain’t you!!! Until you start believing in yourself, you aren’t going to have a life.”
So often, we start out strong, but give up at the early signs of life’s attacks. I was greatly challenged this past week at my youth ministry conference, and I have been thinking about this thought multiple times a day. Know this. I love you no matter what. My love and pride for you does not come from what you accomplish, but who you are. For your successes, I am very happy, but I am always proud of you, because you are exactly what God created.