Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?
Where do you fit?
- You totally dismiss the idea.
- You make one but, based on past behavior, know you won’t keep it.
- You make one with excitement and you're disappointed when you fail.
- You make a one and keep it.- Congratulations!
I waver between the second and third one, but I cling to the hope that each year will be better.
There are the old stand-bys:
1. I’m going to lose weight.
I remember the year I resolved to lose 20 pounds and I had the chainsaw in the garage to prove it! Well, I didn't lose 20 pounds and I chickened out on the whole chainsaw thing.
2. I’m going to exercise.
I bought an expensive gym membership. Surely if I paid for it, I’d go.
Turns out, money’s not that great a motivator.
3. I’m going to eat better.
That worked - until I saw that carton of Rocky Road ice cream in the store.
4. I’m going to finish ----. Fill in the blank.
Unfortunately, I had about twenty things to put in that blank. I threw my hands up in defeat.
Anyone else out there with these problems?
Then I found the secret.
Our resolutions fail because they start in the wrong place:
With our desires, rooted in our strength.
The heart of every resolution must be rooted in God.
That tweaked my conscience.
Do I make resolutions without spending time with God?
So, I tried to stop saying, “I’m going to…” and started asking God, “What do I need to change?”
Then it happened: I started hearing things about discipline; my devotionals focused on discipline; my time in Scripture directed me to stories about people who weren't disciplined.
I’m pretty dense so it took a while to dawn on me: Discipline!
Without the discipline to obey God, without His strength, I can do nothing.
Jesus says, “Apart from me you can do
nothing.” John 15:5
My Year’s resolution is to pray for more discipline.
Of course, at 12:02 AM on New Year’s Day, I stumbled.
Did I break my resolution?
NO! I probably dented it, but I didn't break it. God always catches me before I fall. He stands me up, dusts me off, and promises,
"His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness."
How do we find success with our resolutions?
Begin with God!!
My resolution for 2014: Discipline
Do you have a resolution?