Happy New Year!
2017, can you believe it? Where does the time go?
With the new year comes NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. It seems everyone on social media is making new promises about the upcoming year.
The most frequent resolutions made are:
Better Financial Decisions
And just how long does it take to break these New Year’s Resolutions?
Here are a few statistics.
72% make it the first week.
68% make it two weeks.
58% make it past one month.
44% make it past six months.
Believe it or not, someone in their 20’s are two times more likely to achieve their resolution than someone in their 50’s.
The three primary reasons we do not achieve our resolutions are:
-We go at it alone with no accountability.
-Our resolutions are beyond our ability.
-We give up too easy.
I have to admit I am not one who is too keen on setting New Year’s Resolutions. It is not that I have it all under control. There are things that I need to change in my life. I could become a better husband, spend more time with my kids, read more books, etc. For me, a New Year's Resolution is more about behavior modification. Being a follower of Christ, I understand that the focus needs to be first on the heart before any change can be made. Listen to the words of Jesus in Mark 7: 20-21a.
“And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, ...”
When the heart is changed, the outside begins to change.
So how can we make a New Year’s Resolution that focuses more on the heart, which potentially brings visible change? I want to give you a little insight on how I am going about it this year and hopefully it will help you develop your own lists.
This year I am starting with the Scriptures. Why? Check out 2 Timothy 3: 16-17.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Do you see that?
The Scriptures are helpful in correction and training. And in all honesty, that is what our resolutions are all about.
Typically, a new year's resolution is determined in this way. There is an area that we feel needs to change, so we write it down on paper. When we set out like that, what is really the driving force behind our resolution? Is it to make us look better, have more, etc?
When we use the Scriptures in developing our resolutions, the end goal is to shape us to become more like Christ.
Here is an example of using Scripture to help drive your resolutions:
The New Year’s Resolution may be eating more healthy.
1. Find a passage of Scripture the relates to this resolution. For example, 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
2. Take this Scripture to memory.
3. Begin to live each day by staying true to your New Year’s Resolution by living according to God’s Word.
We pray you each have an amazing 2017.
Have you made a New Year's Resolution? Please share in the comments.