December 26, 2011

How do we turn resolutions into real life change?

The end of December marks a time for many people to turn their thoughts to changing some aspect(s) of life. The most popular resolutions people make include: weight loss, career change, making more time for God or family, getting organized, quit smoking/drinking or pay off debt!

I applaud resolutions! They at least show that we recognize the need for improvement in our lives. So, with all of our imperfections, why is it so hard to stick to these noble pursuits of improvement? Many articles have been written from Christian and secular perspectives about this. Should we resolve or revolutionize? Is it better to not resolve anything? Without a resolution, you don’t have to worry about failure!

Most people believe and recognize that to make a resolution or revolution stick it requires a life change. It begins with our heart! Now, this article probably won’t have the magical answer on how to keep your resolution. But, before you click the “delete” button, let’s take a look at how to ease the sting of failed resolutions and how we may have a better chance of making life changes.

God created man. The book of Genesis records this great story of creation. I believe the Bible holds the answers to life. You may have heard this 1,000 times or maybe this is your first time. I think its at least worth being reminded that if God created us, His instruction book, the Bible, can show us how to live this life successfully! Let’s look at a few verses from the Bible together!

  • Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

On the surface it sounds like the Bible is saying that planning is not necessary. That is far from the truth. The key to understanding this verse is to ask for God’s advice on how to live.

When you and I plan on life’s next step, pray and ask for God’s help.

  • Proverbs 3:4-8 (NLT) Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

If you have a minute, read the whole chapter of Proverbs 3. It talks about living life with wisdom and the benefits it gives us. Resolutions often lead us to try and shape our lives into who we think we need to be, or what others should see us as. I want to go back to the point I made earlier: GOD MADE YOU! HE simply asks that we trust HIM to shape our destiny and life. He truly wants to help us live our life to glorify Him! We glorify God through our health, finances, family and all other areas we hope to improve on.

God desires that we offer Him our lives. He wants us to turn to Him so He can shape us into all we can be. The best part is, He wants to do this every day of the year…not just January 1st! His Word to us (the Bible) has stood the test of time. He has directed the lives and hearts of countless people since creation. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to save us from ourselves and our failed attempts of perfection. He gave His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the TRUTH!

I pray that your 2012 is blessed and your life is directed by God’s powerful, life changing Word!

– Article contributed by David Giles, ARCA Chaplain for Master’s Men Racing