Rethinking New Year's Resolutions
“I’m going to lose weight this year!”
“I’m going to eat more healthy this year!”
“I’m going to treat my spouse and kids better this year!”
“I’m going to read the Bible every day this year!”
“I’m going to get out of debt this year!”
When a new year comes along we’ve all said or heard people say statements like these. A new year can get us excited and motivated! But, how long does that last? Many of us make new year’s resolutions only to forget about them come February 1st.
Later this week, gyms are going to fill up and diet plans, like Weight Watchers, is going to get tons of signups. In fact, if you go to your neighborhood gym later this week you might have a hard time finding an exercise machine that’s not being used.
Why is it that most of us who make new year’s resolutions don’t see them through? You might be saying, “I don’t make resolutions! I make goals!” Join the club! I call mine new year’s goals too, but honestly, it’s just semantics.
Notice all five statements at the beginning of this post start with “I’m going to…”
I wonder if we are taking the wrong approach to new year’s resolutions all together. Instead of starting with “I’m going to…” and making all these grand plans for ourselves for the New Year, maybe what we should do is seek God’s direction and will for 2014.
Maybe we should start by asking God: “Lord, what do YOU want 2014 to look like for me, my family, my job, my finances, and my ministry?” Maybe we should start out by examining ourselves to see if we are truly surrendered to Him in all areas of our lives.
You may have a new year’s goal of getting out of debt so you can start putting more money into your retirement plan. What if God is calling you to get out of debt so you can give more money away in 2014? What if...He is calling you to sell everything you have and go serve the orphans in Africa?
What if we stop limiting God’s plans for our lives and stop putting Him in a nice little box that makes us feel comfortable and secure, and for the New Year really ask God to have HIS way...whatever it may look like?
I want to live that crazy, outrageous life for Jesus in 2014!Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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