The option is always available to us but January brings those hopes and goals more into focus.
I read this poem by Woodrow Kroll (of Woodrow Kroll Ministries) for the first time when visiting Debby @ My Favorite Things.
It brought to mind one of my favorite Bible verses:
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
~more encouraging verses~
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.