So how many New Year’s resolutions have you broken so far? Have you kept any? I can say with some pride that I have not broken a single one of my New Year’s resolutions. You may think, obviously he is lying, but no I can honestly say I have not broken a single one, because I never made any in the first place. I just don’t do that old song and dance anymore; it has never worked in the past so why would it work this year? I plan on 2020 being a continuation of some of my same old bad habits and good habits. I have no goals for myself whatsoever this year. My doctor, on the other hand, told me the other day that he has some goals for me. He said, “I told you to lose some weight, but you have gained 5 pounds.” When Darla and I got married over 22 years ago I weighed 145, now I weigh 212. That is a weight gain average of 5 and half pounds a year. Some people would call that bad; I call it steady progress.
All joking aside, I try to avoid New Year’s resolutions, because they are generally just a set up for failure. That is because they many times require us to change a habit. Habits are very hard to change, especially bad ones. Now we should change our bad habits, we should all eat better, exercise more and we could go on and on. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they are at most wishful thinking or just a desire to be better, but they don’t take into the account the work that is going to be required to change the bad habit. You can’t just resolve to eat better or exercise more without having a real plan with support behind it. So the first couple of days we eat better but we don’t really have a system in place to make that sustainable and so when life gets busy we revert back to our old habits. We go to the gym for a week but then other things start popping up and we don’t have an accountability partner to keep us going and pretty soon we are back to sleeping in or finding an excuse to skip.
So here is a better idea; since you have probably already broke those resolutions, resolve to enjoy God this year. Resolve to make yourself available to be blessed. What do I mean by that? Resolve to let God talk to you through his Word this year. You can go, for instance, to www.biblegateway.com and select a Bible reading program and they will send it to you every morning by email. The great thing is you don’t even have to read it; they have a program that will read it to you. The Word of God was written for the ear more than the eye and so just sit back and listen to what God has to say to you every day. You will be surprised to find out how much he loves you. Make yourself available to God by attending church where you can hear the word preached, take communion and spend time with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ praying for each other. Resolve to let God pour out his grace and forgiveness into your life in 2020. You might even be surprised as you see some bad habits changed in the process.