This is the time of year we set resolutions. We make commitments to do — or not to do certain things during the coming year. So often, resolutions are broken within the first 30 days of making them. So — what will keep us on track in 2018? I believe there are four primary components that help us remain faithful to our resolutions.
Evaluation, Courage, Perseverance, and Accountability.
- Evaluation presents checks and balances. It deters us from making unnecessary, ungodly, or unrealistic commitments.
- Courage gives us the ability to complete difficult tasks. It equips us to face our challenges head-on, even when we’re discouraged or afraid.
- Perseverance helps us see past our problems. It inspires us to press on and encourages us to overcome any obstacle standing in our way.
- Accountability provides support. It emboldens us to overcome opposition, whether internal or external and helps us prevail when distracted or distressed.
Our greatest source for these four ingredients begins with our close – a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Chronicles 16:11). When our resolutions honor God, He will help us keep them. God will direct our path, support our efforts, and give us everything we need to accomplish our resolutions. God’s Word encourages us repeatedly to examine our ways (Lamentations 3:40; 1 Corinthians 11:28), be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:7), do not give up (Galatians 6:9; Romans 5:3-5), and hold one another accountable (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
There’s no better time than today to apply these four components to your New Year’s resolutions:
- Evaluate your resolutions to ensure they are godly, necessary, and realistic. Consider discussing them with a trusted friend who will give you godly, honest advice.
- Write the following passages on note cards and read them daily. Allow God’s Word to inspire you to lean on God for courage. Philippians 4:13; Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:7; and Psalm 27:14.
- Write the following passages on note cards and read them daily. Allow God’s Word to inspire you to persevere when the going gets tough. Galatians 6:9; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:1-2; and James 1:12.
- Ask a trusted Christian friend or loved one to hold you accountable in your commitment. Encourage them to ask you regularly for a report of your progress.
Will this be the year you remain faithful to your resolutions?