Every year many people make New Year’s resolutions. After three or four weeks most have given them up. If you have been one of these people in the past, what can you do differently this year?
To start, there are some practical things you should do. First, write your resolution down, and list the steps you are going to take to reach your goal. Be sure to make it realistic. Then give yourself enough time to do it. Finally, keep your goal before you, where you can see it all the time. This will make your resolution much more attainable!
Now that you have covered the practical side of reaching your goal, it is time to consider the spiritual side of it. You need to get God involved in your New Year’s resolution! You can’t do it in your own strength. You need God to help you. He wants you to depend upon Him, so that He will receive all the glory for it.
First, He wants you to commit your resolution into His hands, and then leave it there. The Psalmist wrote:
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5 NKJV).
If you commit your resolution into God’s hands, He will help you achieve it.
Second, stand on the Word of God during the entire time you are pressing toward your goal. A good Scripture for this is:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).
This is a good verse to confess each day. Through these words, you are declaring that you can do all things through Christ, because He is giving you the strength to do it.
Finally, do not worry about how you are going to achieve your goal, simply fill your heart each day with thanksgiving. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).
It is your attitude of gratitude that is going to carry you through this whole process. You will be amazed at the peace you will feel in your heart, as you trust God to help you reach your goal. Give Him all the glory for it!
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]