One of the most popular things to do going into January is to write a set of New Year’s Resolutions. You know, the things we promise we are going to do in the new year? The things that are most important to us going from the transition on December 31st to that magical moment at midnight to January 1st seem very important at that moment in time.
Well, we are now a week and a half into 2019. How are you doing with your resolutions? Have you been able to keep them? Or have you failed miserably?
One of the problems with resolutions is that it focuses on our willpower. “I will journal 30 minutes every day.” That’s a great goal, but do you really have the power to do that on your own? Some might say yes, others might say, I don’t know. I say, probably not.
In fact, humans often mess things up. We are incapable of doing good on purpose. Sure we do good by accident thanks to common grace, but to do it intentionally we need to have the Holy Spirit. That is who gets left out of New Year’s Resolutions.
So over the next few days I encourage you to examine yourself and your resolutions (if you have any). Think about first, whether or not they are biblical, then if they are invite the Holy Spirit to help you achieve those goals knowing that you may not do them perfectly.