Let God guide you to make New Years resolutions that last
Why not launch the New Year by letting God help you make your resolutions?
By Kevin Fobbs
WASHINGTON, January 5, 2016 — You start each year with an earnest commitment to do and be better. You make resolutions that you hope will make you a better, happier person this year. But how did that work out for you last year? Why not launch the New Year by letting God help you make your resolutions?
Many of the resolutions that we make are focused on improving daily routines. They often deal with weight loss, better health, kicking bad habits or saving money. Do these sound familiar? Of course they do; you can even throw in being a better parent or spouse or nailing a job promotion.
Carefully and sincerely examine what your resolutions mean to you and just how seriously you respect your commitments to yourself. That’s what a resolution is: a commitment to yourself. This year, if you don’t want to breach your contract with yourself in the 30 to 40 day lifespan of most New Year’s resolutions, turn to the only one who can guide you to make you commitment unbreakable.
Consider how the Bible addresses resolutions. It considers them as a directives from God. “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
Your resolutions begin by accepting God as your partner in contract and as the judge of the contract’s worth. Understand that you are not perfect, so do not commit yourself to pursue resolutions that you know you cannot keep. Forgive yourself each day if you falter, because you are imperfect, and you would have no need for resolutions if you were perfect.