Once I told Bronwyn that my new year’s resolution was to have no new year’s resolution. One minute later I realised that I put myself into a conundrum – if I kept my new years resolution I would fail to keep it (think about it). I have avoided New Year resolutions because they only highlight my impotence.
I think that to make a good new years resolution, we need to do three things:
- Sit down and decide who we want to be, then make resolutions that reflect this. Resolutions without goals are stupid because they lack broader direction.
- Involve God in your goal setting. Our God already has plans for us in 2018. His plans involve changing us into Christ’s likeness.
28 we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 for whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,
Given God is all powerful, only a fool makes plans without Him.
- Make your private resolutions public. If you are serious about change in your life, tell a friend and ask them to pray for you and give them permission to encourage and rebuke you. Your private Christianity is a group effort after all.
As we face 2018 together remember that Jesus never promised us a comfortable life, only a full one .
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10).