If Jesus could choose your new year’s resolution what would it be?
If you are like me, you make them every year and fail most, if not all of them. You know they are good for you, you know you should follow through, and then over time all good intentions fall apart. Some of them do not even make it past the first day.
There are three steps that will help you to be successful to keep your New Year’s resolution.
Step 1: Write on a piece of paper 10 new year’s resolutions.
I love how Paul says in Philippians 3:12-15 that he has not reached perfection but that he is moving forward with a goal. For many years I had more than three new year’s resolutions and have to admit, I never fulfilled any of them. An important realization is that you do not focus on where you failed before but on where you can go. Paul pursued living for Christ with a focus and persistence. Paul said:
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:12-13
Step 2: Choose ONLY ONE of the ten resolutions you wrote down to be your 2014 new year’s resolution.
Your key to success is to have one resolution and no more! Having more than one is setting YOU up for failure.
I remember when I only made one resolution. I choose to stop drinking soda for three weeks. It started with a small step and in a way that I could see the finish line. After three weeks I no longer liked the taste of it and even now today if I have a little soda with my pizza I can only handle a very small amount.
Step 3: Write down after your chosen new year’s resolution, your vision, time line and goal(s) (purpose).
If you follow through with your new year resolution, what will be the results?
When I stopped drinking soda my vision and goal was to not gain weight, to live healthier, and pay less for drinks in restaurants. It worked!!! Like Paul, I did not focus on the past but on the end result.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you.” Philippians 3:14-15
God has a vision and a plan for you. God is longing for you to grasp it. When you commit and follow through the results and the benefits are for YOU; you might even help someone else along the way.
You do not even have to do this alone. God is saying I will be with you all the way. However, it does take a commitment.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Please contact us and let us know your ten resolutions, the one you chose, what your goals were, and the results and if you would like prayer. We would love to help support you with this.