No, I didn’t mean “acclamation,” I really meant “acclimation!”
Winter around here is a strange beast. Or maybe I should say the people around here are strange when it comes to winter! As temperatures fall around the beginning of the season, everyone begins wearing heavy jackets, hats and gloves. We all complain about the cold when it falls below 45°F. If we have a day over 40°F in the season near spring, we’re all outside wearing short sleeves and driving around town with our windows down, talking about the BEEE-YOU-tiful weather!
We get acclimated to the winter temperatures. The longer it stays cold, the colder it has to be to FEEL cold.
Our spiritual disciplines are the same way!
For example, when we first begin trying to read the Bible every day, it’s truly an uphill battle. It seems the whole world is out to keep us from it! But the longer we keep that battle from getting the best of us, the more acclimated we become to having it as part of our daily life. We grow accustomed to spending time in the Word, and the struggle lessens.
We’re into February now. Many new year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside.
Take a few minutes and review the goals you set January 1. Are you still working toward them? Why or why not? Does acclimation just seem too difficult?
If you’re still hanging in there, you may have already found this to be true! The fight isn’t nearly as hard, and the payoffs are beginning to be noticed.
If you’ve dropped your goals, today is a great day to pick them up again! Maybe just one at a time for now, though. Get strong in one before adding another. You’ll find yourself acclimating faster than you thought you would!
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 NLT).