Happy New Year!
Most blogs right now would be posting their new year’s resolutions or something like that. In my mind, even though I’m a person who will write a list (even if I’ve already done everything) just to see it get crossed off, new year’s resolutions seem to be made to get broken. How ever unfortunate that may be I think that there is a way to resolve to do better in a year, but it won’t come from just writing 1-10 this and that on a piece of paper and losing it in three days. It comes from a purposed heart.
I remember one year when I had just learned about making new year’s resolutions I decided to make one for myself. It was already a little bit into January but better late than never! I actually got so discouraged after a few days of literally not getting anything on my list done that I gave up immediately! What was the point! I had dreamed to big for what I could logically accomplish in a day. I came across that list accidentally a few weeks ago and after reading it through I kind of laughed at how difficult I thought that was 6(ish) years ago. After thinking about it a bit there was a thought that came to my mind; it would be a good idea to write down all the things you accomplished in 2017 (aka the year before) and then write a resolution from that frame of mind. I am not saying to stop dreaming big! God sized dreams and visions are what God does best! What I am saying is dream according to how you’ve seen yourself grow in the past year and work from there. Just like this world wasn’t made without a Creator, we can’t make nothing come into being without help or a small beginning.
When people say that they want to start reading their bible an hour every morning, getting up at 5:30, when they haven’t read their bible ever before and are used to getting up at 8 in the morning, it may last a week at most! It will get discouraging as they find their body falling asleep while trying to be a good christian. To make a New year’s resolution actually work you need to think logically and start small. So in the instance above what would probably work as a course of action would be the following:
-So you want to start reading your bible every morning and getting up earlier; that is your resolution.
-Your last year has been you getting up at 8 every morning and being at work at 9, to say the least God’s word hasn’t been the main priority of your day. In the last year though you have started making Thursday night prayer room a priority for at least one hour! Good for you! That makes God’s heart happy! So now how do we make your dreams work?!
-I’ve said it before and I will say it again, start small! So I would start by getting up at 7:45 am and reading 15 minutes of a book in the bible and do that for a few weeks. Don’t overwhelm yourself and don’t compare yourself! It doesn’t matter that Grandma Ann reads her bible for 3 hours and prays for 2 hours each day, that’s Grandma Ann’s relationship with the Lord not yours. It takes discipline and loving passion to pursue a relationship with Jesus, He will always be chasing you and holding you but its a two way street… you have to want Him. Work your way up to 30 minutes with the Lord and over the course of the year your goal can be accomplished.
So why are New Year’s Resolutions made to be broken… because people dream to big and dive right in only to be overwhelmed at the pressure they are met with. It doesn’t happen to everyone but it sure happened to me! Think about all the ways God worked in your life in 2017 and go from there, He is a very good father and He will walk beside you every step of 2018!
May 2018 bring many blessings and accomplishments!