DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I used to make a list of New Year's resolutions every year, but I'm not going to bother this year. I've never been able to keep them, so I've always ended up frustrated and feeling guilty. Why bother when they don't do any good? —D.W.
Dear D.W.: You're probably right; if your resolutions don't do any good or you've never managed to keep them, there's little point in drawing up a new list.
But I hope you won't give up so easily! After all, we usually make resolutions like this because we want our lives to be different — and that can be a good thing, if the changes we want are positive. The alternative is to stay the way we are and decide we'll never change — and that isn't good.
But there's a deeper issue involved here — a spiritual issue. Yes, we want our lives to be different — but so does God! He doesn't want you to be the same person a year from now that you are today. He wants to change you from within, taking away the things that aren't right and filling you with things that are right — things like love and compassion for others, and patience and peace.