Happy New Year! 2016 is in the books, and 2017 is here. We're all thinking about how to make this year better than last, but only 5% of New Years Resolutions actually make it past Valentine's Day.
Why don't New Year's Resolutions work?
- They tend to be a prescription we write for ourselves rather than a promise we devote to God. They're about you and for you. And ironically, they cause you to miss out on the many promises of God.
- They're measured by outcomes rather than obedience. Last I checked, we don't control outcomes. God does. Yet he invites us into our own transformation and calls us to obedience. @@We're good a painting a picture of our preferred future, but we tend not to map out our path of obedience.@@
I have a better solution. Take a few minutes to watch this message I shared with Mission Church this past Sunday. Then consider the three questions below.
There is a work God is already doing in your life. Have you stopped to recognize it? What is the one thing you need to be faithful to continue this year?
Growth is failing in new ways and ceasing to fail in old ways. There's part of you that is a faulty thing that you need to make a former thing. What is the one thing you will stop doing this year?
There is a new thing God wants to do in your life. What is the one thing you will do to renew your commitment to spiritual growth?
I would love to hear your answers to these questions. Leave a comment below.