The First 40 Days

09 Feb

Today marks the 40th day of 2015! Surprise surprise! Almost 40 days have already passed! The first month is already over and that means only one thing:

Either we’ve stayed true to our resolutions during the start of the year OR just like any other year, we’ve lost focus of them already.


One of my goals when I started the year was to aim for a cumulative run of 600-700K kilometres. In order to do that, I have to run at least 15 kilometres a week to attain that goal. Here’s how I’ve done so far:

Week 1: 14KM
Week 2: 2KM (Fasting Week)
Week 3: 15KM
Week 4: 12KM
Week 5: 12.5KM
Week 6: 8KM

During the first three weeks, I was so inspired to reach my year end goal by meeting my weekly goal of 15KM a week. That means I have to set aside at least two days a week, one 10KM run and another 5KM run which adds up to 15KM. However, as you may notice, during the 4th, 5th and 6th week I’ve been slipping a little bit. My 15KM a week was reduced to 12KM, and last week I only manage to finish a mediocre 8KM.

Maybe you’re reading this post and you feel the same thing. You said that you will study X hours a week so that you can get the most out of your education, ace your exams and make your parents proud. Maybe you said that you’ll read the Bible everyday for the whole 365 days of  2015, but now you have already missed several days. Or maybe it’s a diet plan that you know your friends, family members and God has been telling you to do; the first week of January went great but shortly after the 2nd week, you’ve lost control again.

GOAL OF THIS BLOG: To encourage us to stay back on track and regain focus on our goals during the start of the year.

The start of the year always seem to be the time when we’re most inspired to achieve our goals. Everything seems to be going right during the first few weeks of the year! Why is it that as the weeks pass us by and as we head on to the next few months, we tend to lose sight of our goals once again? Will this year, once again, be the same cycle of losing sight what needs to be done and just hit the RESTART button come 2016? I hope not!

Red Reset button

As I noticed this cyclical pattern, I observed a few things we do differently during the start of the year. I hope to share to you in this blog a few insights that can help get us out of this rut. My prayer is that we can all get back on track and get us one step closer to the goals we’ve set last 2015. Here goes:

1) Take time to reflect

We have to take time to reflect. I believe that this is one of the few things we do differently during the start of the year compared to any other time of the year. During the Christmas Break, we’ve got a lot of time in our hands to write down our faith goals or resolutions. It gives us the time to reflect on the things that we did wrong during the past year and things that we want to do differently for the coming year. We have 1 – 1 1/2 weeks during the Christmas break and have a lot of time to spend time with God. I believe this is one of the keys why we start the year so motivated!

Now, the thing is, for the rest of the year, we don’t have the luxury of time to do this but we do have our SABBATHS or DAY OFFS. We should take this time to reflect on our goals and the specific things God called us to act upon for 2015. God did command us to “Remember the Sabbath”. I wrote a blog on this which can hopefully help you maximize your Sabbath:(

Also, another thing that can help us is to set aside A DAY OF SOLITUDE once a month. This can either be towards the end of the month or the beginning (whichever you’re most comfortable with). I wrote about this during a blog I did last December so I won’t write it here anymore: (

Check out number 2 from that blog. It’s good to have those times with God every once in a while. Jesus did say in Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


Let seeking God’s kingdom always be a priority in our lives. Jesus did say that as we do this, then all of the other things in life will be added unto us as well. 🙂

2) Just do it

This very popular nike slogan has been very helpful with me in terms of accomplishing the things that I need to get done. If we’re really honest, the only reason we’re not doing the things that needs to get done is because we’re lazy. That’s one of our fallen human conditions. We have to fight of laziness. We have to NOT make excuses and just DO the things that we know are important. Stephen Covey, in his book called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, said this:

—“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do.” “They don’t like doing them either necessarily, but their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.”

I like the phrase “their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose“. This is why the previous point “Take time to reflect” is important. However, after we’ve been refreshed by seeking God’s kingdom first, now we have to act on it. JUST DO IT.


Looking back at last week’s run. I realized that the only reason why I settled for 8KM is because I got lazy getting up in the morning to meet my target. This morning, by God’s grace I was able to get back on track.

Week 7: 12KM and counting

Everytime we feel lazy, we have to subordinate those feelings and do what Nike tells us to do: “JUST DO IT”. Let’s work hard in achieving our goals. Did you know that the Bible says a lot of things about working hard?

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Proverbs 12:24
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.


Again, two things that will help us accomplish the resolutions and goals we set for 2015:

1) Take time to reflect – this will help you be reminded of the reason or the “MOTIVE” why you set your goals last 2015. As you get refreshed with your MOTIVE, then that’s where you’ll get your MOTIVATION. Then after doing number 1,


1 Comment

Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Life Lessons


One response to “The First 40 Days

  1. Gian Carlo Mangua

    February 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm


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