"The great thing in life is not so much where you stand, but in what direction you are moving."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
The start of a new year brings about the requisite list of resolutions, a look back at the year that was, and an increased focus on bettering yourself. I think it is safe to say that we all have things we want to improve in ourselves (if not I would challenge your honesty) and that the new year can be an impetus to work at those changes. The discouragement comes when we don't see the results as quickly as we had hoped or when we realize that our actual resolutions have been the same for the past five years. It has taken me several years to get to a point where I didn't allow the vision of who I could & should be to overwhelm the current reality of who I am at this moment.
I've shared with youth for several years now that God will meet you exactly where you are at, but He won't leave you there. My point is that even though you may have convinced yourself that you are "too far gone", that God doesn't believe so. However, when you are truly striving to be a committed follower, He moves you down a pathway that leads to you resembling Him more as you strive each day.
In my mind that is the point that Sir Holmes is trying to make. As long as we live here we are a work in progress. The key is to be moving in a direction that leads to us becoming the men & women that God has created us to be.