Usually when we make resolutions, the focus is “I” . Statements that might sound like, I need to lose weight. I need to exercise more. I need to stop smoking. I need to spend more time with family. I need to foster friendships. I need to get a new job. Pay off debts. Take a vacation. You probably have a few “I” resolutions in your mind right now. But what if you made resolutions focused on others, instead of ourselves? A New Year’s resolution is an opportunity to think about we can make a difference, and change something other than just “me” Make a resolution that will impact the lives of others in a positive way, or open doors to share what God has done in your life, or meet the needs of someone else in a special way throughout the year, or volunteering in your community. And as we strive to positively affect others, we also will be positively affected in many ways.
2. Make resolutions that you actually feel passionate about.
Yes, maybe you want to lose a few pounds. But are you passionate about doing that? Will it completely change your life and those around you? If so, then go for it!! Our health always needs to be a priority, because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others. But rather than choose a cookie cutter resolution, think of something you are passionate about doing or accomplishing – something outside of the box – and make a commitment to work towards it. How exciting it will be to look back over the year and be able to see the results of hard work and dedication, and the benefits of pouring ourselves into something we love.
3. Keep resolutions feasible and simple.
We all have lofty goals, but setting our sights too high just sets us up for disappointment. Have a vision of what you want to do, and prayerfully seek God’s guidance on how to pursue it. Just keep it feasible. Setting a resolution to make a million dollars, become a NY Times best seller, or the President of a major ministry or organization, sounds awesome – but not realistic. Start small, take one step at a time, and strive for what God has laid on your heart. Remember Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” If God placed the dream (aka, resolution) in your heart, He will bring it to fruition in His timing.
4. Focus on the biblical promise that your life matters to God.
Why should I make a resolution? I’m sure I won’t be successful. What difference does it make anyway. Why try? Who even cares? Ever had these thoughts? Sometimes past failures or a lack of confidence prevent us from making resolutions at all. We think we can’t change, our circumstances or limitations won’t change, so we give up on even resolving to make changes at all. But your life does matter, and in Christ we can do all things. What we see as impossible, He sees as possible, and most importantly, He sees the potential in all of us. He sees us doing all those great things we only dream of and can’t fathom accomplishing. He sees our dreams and deepest desires as possibilities because we matter to Him. Spend some time in prayer asking God what resolutions to make this year, instead of getting ideas from infomercials or worldly standards, and then commit to seeking His voice as the year progresses.
What resolutions has God laid on your heart for 2015? I’d love to hear from you as we embark on a new year of walking in faith together!
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