Resolutions Should We Make?
Every Year millions of people all over the globe will make ‘resolutions’ that, while well-intentioned, are either impossible to achieve or they really have no intention of keeping. Often we make resolutions just for show, as if to say, ‘hey, I am making a change.’
Personally, I haven’t made any such resolutions in many years. My primary purpose is that what I would declare as a New Year’s resolution was already a goal I was working on. However, after a few weeks or months, I realized that I had quickly failed at meeting my goals or circumstances that kept me from achieving those goals.
Why Do We Make New Year Resolutions?
Like so many things we do, especially in the West, we forget why we do things. Resolutions come and go, and often we just do it because it is the in thing, or that’s what everybody else does. It is not wrong to set new goals, establish better boundaries, or just make some changes.
The coming of a new year is a time to reflect and look back at the past season and look forward to the new. But, unfortunately, we often get caught up in yesterday’s failures and have remorse that we didn’t do better and assure everyone that this next year “I” can and will do better.
So What Is The Problem?
The problem with the vast majority of resolutions is that we make unrealistic goals, or they are born out of selfish pride. We don’t seek the counsel of the Lord on these matters. We know all year that we need to make dietary changes or exercise more, and we use the ‘new year’ as a crutch to prolong the obvious.
Often we set goals with our spouse, family, or close friends and it becomes more of a competition. Sometimes that is alright, but it can result in it severed relationships. Nevertheless setting goals and having someone help keep us accountable is in itself a noble thing.
How Should We Approach Resolutions?
Like any goal that we set the road is paved with challenges and obstacles meant to deter us from achieving our goals. The whole idea is to make some sort of change. If you are like me you don’t like change. But, some change is necessary.
No resolution, goal, or such lofty aspiration is achievable without help. The world talks about self-determination, perseverance, and pressing through to achieve those goals. But without the Holy Spirit and His guidance, it becomes idolatry.
It is ok to say I made it, but unless we acknowledge God’s guidance then it is all on us. Most people who obtain their goals usually take all or most of the credit.
So, our approach should be first to ask the Holy Spirit to help us make the right resolution or goal. They must be realistic. Secondly, ask Holy Spirit to give us a game plan to achieve each goal. Don’t set too many new goals to work on at once either.
Start out small and take practical steps, praying and obeying the Lord all along the way. This is the time when we move forward that it should be Spirit-led.
Our Primary Resolution
Our first and really only resolution should be to obey and keep the first commandment first. “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul, body, and really all of your being.
We should obey Acts 3:19 before we do anything in any new season. As Peter said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, that your sins may be wiped out, and that there may be seasons of refreshing.” (NIV) What better time to ‘wipe the slate clean’ and start a new year fresh with the Lord. That should be our goal for each and every day.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV
Our daily resolution then is to seek Him and His Kingdom first. May the Lord Bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and your family every day this year.