So, maybe you are a New Year resolution person and maybe you aren’t. Of course, we all know the statistics. Only 8% of people are able to successfully stick to their resolutions. That is a 92% failure rate.
Additionally, if you have a vague goal such as “losing weight,” or “exercising more,” and you fail consistently, you’ve probably gotten stuck in a rut. These kinds of failures can lead to year after year of sedentary life. You may be thinking there is no turning it around – “why even try?”
But thanks to work by doctors at Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, a study was recently published showing some very good news. You can actually undo the effects of years of sedentary life! It isn’t too late!
Of course, it is going to take some effort. But researchers showed that the 45-65 year-old age group could undo the effects of decades of sedentary life on the heart and lungs. Two years of light exercise (30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week) changed lives substantially.
You see, when we make general resolutions like, “exercise more,” or “eat less,” we will generally fail. But when we know that victory is attainable, and we are truly committed, great things can happen. We can “reset” the clock in many ways.
There is no greater way, certainly, to reset the clock though, than in our spiritual disappointments. No matter where you are in life, no matter how sedentary you have become spiritually, you can be renewed by the saving grace of the gospel. It isn’t too late.
The amazing news is that the hardest part is done! Jesus already died on your behalf. He did the heavy lifting! Because of His righteousness, we can start over today, a new creation, undoing the judgment for sin in our lives.
But it will take some effort on your part: a dedication to life in faith of His saving grace (Revelation 2:10). This could be the day you recommit yourself to following Christ. It isn’t too late…and the benefits are amazing!