It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, losing weight, changing bad habits, etc, etc, etc. Unfortunately all too often our good intentions fall by the way side much sooner that we’d like to admit.
I was watching a movie on TV not along ago where a small town was preparing for their first New Year’s Eve celebration. As the children were preparing for their part in the festivities one of the students asked her teacher if there was going to be a war on New Years. The teacher looked rather puzzled and replied no, why did she ask. The child responded “I heard there was going to be a New Year’s revolution.”
As I began to look at these two words, I began to wonder if maybe the two aren’t more closely related that we might think. “Revolution” is defined as a sudden change. We usually think of this in the context of government, or something on a much bigger scale than on an individual standpoint. When we “resolve” to make certain changes in our lives they may actually start out in a revolutionary way, jumping into the deep end of the pool without a plan – sink or swim. If we find ourselves sinking, we become overwhelmed and frustrated, and then condemnation raises its ugly head and we admit defeat.
I’m sure there have been more articles, blogs and how-tos written on how to make your New Year’s resolutions successful than you can shake a stick out, so I’m not going to give you a list of dos and don’ts. However, I would like to give you a couple of things to think about . . .
- Pray for wisdom. Proverbs 2:1-11 speaks a lot about wisdom. Bring the areas of change you’d like to make to God and ask for wisdom on how to obtain your goals. Follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit as he prompts you and directs you in the steps you need to take to be successful. Proverbs 3:5 & 6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart, not in our own understanding, and He will direct our paths.
- Stand your ground. There will be times when the enemy will come against you and your flesh will want to rebel, but you are an overcomer. The Christian life is not all about smooth sailing. Opposition will come and we have to be prepared. Find scriptures that you can stand on when “stuff” starts to come against you. Here are a few to get you started: Philippians 4:13, I John 4:4, I Corinthians 15:57.
I believe these two things are key ingredients to being successful. As long as we are following God’s plan for our life and seeking His guidance, we can be assured that He is with us and we can rely on Him to direct our paths.
As you make your resolutions for the new year, are you willing to see if they are in agreement with God’s plan, and if not are you willing to put your plans aside and follow His lead?