Run the Race // A Mid-year Check In

 
 

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It's June 30th! That means the year is half over, folks! It's time for a mid-year check in on those goals, declarations, resolutions, or whatever you choose to call the intentions you set for the new year. Let's run this race with endurance and perseverance!

What if you don't believe in New Year's resolutions and didn't set any intentions back at the start of the year? Well, no time like the present grab onto the Hope we have for the future and take a look at your life. Determine that you can wipe the slate clean at any time, and set your sights on improving and growing in the second half of 2017. 

If you did set goals or intentions for your year, take some time over this holiday weekend to take inventory of your progress and make notes about anything that's shifted in the last six months.

How's it going with your goals, declarations, or resolutions? 
Are you making progress? 
Have you already checked some off? 
Are they long forgotten? 
Have you lost your focus?

Wherever you may be with your hopes for 2017, this mid-year point is a great time to assess the plans you made six months ago and re-focus so that you can run the race of this year with perseverance and press on toward the goals for your year. My advice would be to go back to your field notes from the beginning of the year to see where God was leading you. Read the scriptures you were studying at that time and pray for God to reveal if you're on track or if you've wandered off the path He laid out for you. If you aren't great at taking notes or keeping a journal, go back and look at your calendar, social media, and email to see what was influencing you as you set your intentions for the year. Pray about where God's grown you or where you've remained stagnant. Make new determinations about how you will reach your goals from January and any new ones that have come up through this mid-year check in.

At the beginning of the year, I posted about clean slates and how much I thrive in the face of a do-over. I'd highly recommend that you take a look at the PAUSE method as a means of tackling behavioral changes that need to occur in order to reach your goals.

As a gift to you today, I created a free printable of the PAUSE method that you can place on your desk, on your refrigerator or pantry door, in your purse or wallet, in the car, or wherever you need to recall the method in the moment. Print as many copies as you like and place them in as many places as you need to in order to use this powerful tool for behavioral change when you need it most. 

My prayer is that this tool will help you remember your dependence on Jesus for growth. The PAUSE method taps into our connection to the Creator through engaging the mind and physical body while acknowledging the work of the Spirit in your heart. 

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Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
— Hebrews 12:1-2