By Laurel Robinson
"New year, new you!" What does this mean? It calls out and resonates with our sense of needing improvement. Since we are living in a fallen world, and waiting for our coming redemption, this will always be the case: we are constantly a “work in progress.” The concept of New Year’s Resolutions can be used for good -- reflection, positive change, steps in the right direction. Resolutions could also become overwhelming, or demoralizing, or an idol. It can definitely be used by marketers to sell us new “stuff.”
Ways to be the master of your resolutions, and not the other way around:
Pray. Ask the Lord what He is giving you the grace to give up, take up, or change in the coming season of your life.
Seek. Read the Scripture for guidance as to what God desires of His people and how you may be falling short.
Ask. Ask trusted people to help you identify and/or work toward your goals.
Track. Where appropriate, keep a record of successes or calories or pounds or pages or whatever you can quantify.Do not let this become your measure of yourself, but only of your progress. God sometimes chooses to work wonderful things in us through our “failures,” too!
Thank. For any success or progress, thank the Lord and give him the glory!