Have you ever made any resolutions? If you're like me (and you're probably not), then you'll have many excellent, challenging resolutions. The beginning of the year will start out great! You'll keep on schedule, stay on track, prevail in diligence, and keep yourself accountable. But slowly, very slowly, as the months go by, your diligence starts to decline, and procrastination starts to set in. With all the activities and responsibilities you have, your resolutions slowly move to the back of your mind. Eventually they're forgotten. Until New Year's. Then you look back on your year, a bit guilty that your resolutions have not happened . . . once again.
So why is it so hard to keep resolutions (or am I the only one who finds it difficult)? I think there's probably many reasons; but ultimately, resolutions fail because people (including me) try to do them in their own strength. And I know from experience that things done in my own strength never succeed. But take a look at what God says:
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (NKJV, emphasis mine.)
By committing my way to the Lord - doing it in God's strength - meditating and applying God's Word, I can have success in what I do! Of course I must make sure "my" plans are not my plans only, but God's promise is clear: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
The below lists are Sunday school notes from a few years ago, adapted by yours truly.
10 Ways to waste your year
10. Don't commit to anything
9. Do things on your own (and in your own strength)
8. Expert in putting things off
7. Spend lots of time on the Internet, watching TV, etc.
6. Choose wrong vs. right
5. Center activities and your life on yourself
4. Go with the flow (of the world)
3. Don't take your parents' advise
2. Use your time for your own benefit
1. Have no goals
10 Ways to make the most of your year
10. Commit to something
9. Have an accountability partner
8. Don't procrastinate (in other words, "procrastinate later" =D)
7. Manage your time, make God your priority
6. Chose Truth over tolerance
5. Center your life on Christ
4. Fight peer pressure
3. Take your parents' wise counsel (and ask for counsel)
2. Be servant-hearted
1. Set a goal!