Happy New Year's...Resolution!
A new year is here. We enter this year with much anticipation. We hope to accomplish some goals; see relationships restored; illnesses healed; businesses make profits; degrees completed; dream jobs secured; first houses bought; right spouses chosen. The list goes on and on.
The new year is also a time of resolutions. In my high school years, I remember being annoyed when teachers asked me what my New Year's resolutions were. Frankly, I am not a big fan of making resolutions when a new year comes. Not because I hate them but because I am poor in keeping up with resolutions. So I would lie to my teachers that my New Year's resolution was to improve my grades and be less mischievous. While this pleased my teachers, it did not bring any change in my life.
A 2014 study by the University of Scranton showed that 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions. The number 1 resolution...you guessed right - "lose weight." The number 10 resolution...you may not have guessed it - "spend more time with family." Number 9 is "to fall in love." Here is the jaw-dropper. The number of people who are successful in achieving their New Year's resolution - a whopping 8%. What!?!? Yep, 8%. So don't feel too bad for not following through on your resolutions, you are not alone.
Like every year, I entered 2015 wondering if I need to make any resolutions. Now, I need to make some resolutions. I know it. But I decided to ponder on resolutions that are not easily measured; ones that will form character; ones that will benefit people around me.
Here is my New Year's resolution: to always ask God for patience, humility, strength, grace, wisdom in following His will.
This resolution also means that I will not ask God for material, tangible, financial, temporal things. Not because I don't need them, but because if I ask for the former, I will be fully satisfied in life whether I have the latter or not.
With an 8% success rate in achieving my resolution, is there hope for me? Yes, there is. The rate of my success in achieving my resolution has less to do with my efforts but more to do with what God can do. Jesus proclaimed, "With God all things are possible." Waypoint family, will you hold me accountable with my New Year's resolution? Or, will you join me in making this your resolution as well?