May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. —2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

When we are pursuing healthy changes, there’s nothing we need more than eternal encouragement and good hope. That’s motivation. We need to be strengthened in every good deed and word, because we can’t be transformed by willpower alone.

God wants to give you the encouragement, the strength, and the hope to reach your goal. Depend on him a step at a time. Run to him when you need strength.

God will often work through people. Who offers you encouragement when you need it? They are gifts from God. How can you spend more time with those people or welcome their help more often?

God’s Word is another essential source of encouragement. Consider committing to memory a verse that fills you with encouragement and strength.

Through other people and his Word, God will provide the encouragement and strength you need to reach your goals.

Food for Thought: Encouragement and hope will motivate you to keep going even when it’s difficult. These are priceless treasures that God want to lavish on yo