I was talking to a man the other day, and I asked him if he’d made any New Year’s resolutions. He said no and asked if I had. I told him, “No, I don’t do resolutions.”
I know myself pretty well and am able to admit that when it comes to little promises I make to myself like that, I don’t usually keep them. For example, I said I’d keep a journal for one year back in May, and the last entry in it is from September. For further proof, I was keeping a list of one thousand things that make me happy, and honestly, I don’t really know for sure where that notebook is at. Wherever it is, it has maybe 50 things listed in it. As you can see, a New Year’s resolution for me is just a goal that probably won’t be met or a promise waiting to be broken.
Of course, there are things I would like to improve upon. I’d like to become generally more organized and tidier or be better at sticking to a budget. But I’m not going to say I’ll do it and then be disappointed when/if I don’t. I’d rather say I want to do it, and be pleasantly surprised when/if it happens.
If you’re a resolution-maker, I hope you get the change you want. I’m rooting for you.
While I don’t make resolutions, I do like progression and growth. I’ll encourage and promote them every time.
Ordinarily, reflection is first required for progression and growth to happen. Reflection is only fun if the experience was positive. I don’t mind reflecting on a concert I went to back in October where I got to meet, hang out with, and hug a musician I love. It was one of the highlights of my year and probably in the top 25 events of my life. When I reflect on the several times I’ve made plans with friends and bailed on them, however, I kind of start to hate myself.
I think spiritual reflection is important as well, although I recommend doing it more frequently than once a year.
Maybe you’re not as close to God as you want to be or even as close to Him as you were a year or six months ago. Then again, you could be thriving in your relationship with God, and your spiritual life might be at an all-time high.
One thing I love about God is that it’s never too late to make it right.
Let’s say a woman felt God convicting her two or three weeks ago, but she didn’t do anything about it. Let’s say she wants to make everything right, but she’s afraid it’s too late now.
It’s not. It doesn’t matter if it was three years ago or three seconds ago. You can still get everything straightened out.
It’s not like God’s ever in a mood where He won’t forgive you or He’ll stop loving you. He’s not going to say, “She didn’t act quick enough,” or “This guy kept me waiting, so now it’s his turn to wait.” That’s not how it works. God will always meet you where you’re at. You never have to go just a little bit farther. You never have to turn around and backtrack to get to Him. He’s always ready for you, patiently waiting for you to want Him.
I don’t know where people get the idea that Christians are perfect or that you have to be perfect to become a Christian from, but that’s not true at all. I mean, it’s flattering, I suppose, that someone thinks I’m perfect or that I have the capacity to be perfect, but knowing the truth, the fact that someone would think that is laughable.
Some people think there are some steps they must take or some stuff they have to get sorted out before coming to God. Not only is that unnecessary, but it makes no sense. That’d be like saying, “Something’s wrong with my car. I’m going to take it to a mechanic, but I need to fix it myself first.”
God’s a mender and a creator. Whether you need Him to mend something in your life – like a wound or a wallet, a heart or a habit – or you need Him to create something for you – such as a way out or an opportunity – He can do it. Better yet, He will if you ask Him. Why try to do it yourself and risk failing or making it all worse when you can hand it all over to God, who can definitely do something with it?
I have an almost unbelievable ability to make things worse before handing them over to God. If I have a problem, my first instinct is to try to make it better on my own because I feel like if the situation is less messy, God’s more likely to do something about it. I guess I imagine that God has this long list of things to get done every day, and He starts off with the small stuff and works His way to the more difficult tasks. And I guess I think if my situation isn’t too bad, it’ll get handled sooner.
Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you’ve read all day?
Every task is the same level of difficulty to God. It doesn’t matter if you want God to heal your stubbed toe or the cancer in your lungs. God can take care of them both easily. Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or you want just a little bit more money to pay off a bill quicker, it’s all the same level of easiness to God. We might prioritize things like that because we can only do so much. But it’s all the same to God because He can do it all.
God wants you and your life to prosper, but it can only happen if you let God do it. He gave you your life for you to live. He’s not going to control it without your consent.
I hope your reflections on the past year are helpful and/or happy. I also hope you choose to grow as a person and as a Christian. Please don’t forget that it’s never too late to turn to God. Plus, if you falter or get spun around, God’s pretty big on second or third or 79th chances.
By Carrie Prevette
P.S. – For those of you with resolutions, I’ve heard that if you do something for 30 consecutive days, it becomes a habit. So if what you’re doing is a daily thing, in theory, it’ll get easier after the first month. So good luck, and may the force be with you.