We usually think of the new year as a time of resolutions: exercise more, eat healthier, read the Bible daily, take time to pray, spend more time with family. Some people are able to stick to their resolutions and form new habits but most of us break our resolutions within ten days. We’ve failed so many times that we’ve developed “an all or nothing” attitude. As soon as we fail we abandon our resolutions.
Perhaps a better idea is to make New Week resolutions. Yes, I’ve restarted these disciplines on thousands of Mondays but had I not restarted these disciplines on thousands of Mondays I would now be an isolated 500 pound woman, glued to a couch, surrounded by empty chip and cookie bags, and believing God was going to widen the pearly gates to let me squeeze through.
Yes, no matter how good my intentions I yield to the call of Dove chocolate and Ben and Jerry’s All But the (Kitchen Sink) Brownies ice cream, and I have never read every page of a daily devotional book (except Jesus Calling.)
Forget the yearly resolutions. Focus on weekly resolutions. Even a week with 70% success is better than not trying at all.
The Apostle Paul gives us guidance in how to handle resolutions to grow in spiritual life. This same attitude of perseverance can also help us with resolutions for 2016.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Philippians 3: 14-16 (The Message).
Martha Hawn VanCise ©2016 www.signpostsonhightrails.com