Dear Rev. Graham: I’ve about decided I’m not going to make any New Year’s resolutions this year. I’ve always done it, but I don’t think I’ve ever managed to keep a single one more than a few weeks. Why should I bother?
Dear reader: You’re right; it’s probably not worth bothering with resolutions if you start out assuming you’re going to fail — because that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and I suggest you reconsider.
The start of a new year is a good time to stop and look at our lives — and that’s the first step in making any realistic resolutions. What needs to be improved in our lives? What needs to be eliminated — or added? Most of all, what does God see when He looks at me, and what does He want me to do — with His help? What is His will for the coming year — and for my life? The Bible says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing" (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Then make sure your resolutions are realistic. Many New Year’s resolutions aren’t "resolutions" at all; they’re only vague dreams or wishes. Don’t focus on self-centered goals; focus instead on what God wants to do in your life. Above all, make sure of your commitment to Christ — and if He means little to you, why not begin the new year by giving your life to Him?
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Finally, think through how you can achieve the goals you’ve set. Pray for God’s help; plan what steps you need to take; get others to encourage and help you. May 2012 become the best year you’ve ever had, as you build your life on the foundation of Christ and His Word.