Resolutions are a wonderful thing if we can keep them, but many resolutions go by the wayside because we have not done anything different with our mindset. How will the coming year be any different than the passing one? How can we set goals to achieve the things that we want? Does what we want line up with what God wants? Are we sure it does?
Just because we want something so bad does not mean that God wants it for us too. or gave us the desire. If after praying, God shows us that our plans don’t line up with His will, seek Him for a change of heart by laying your plans down. Just as important, don’t lay them down only to go checking on them or picking them back up. God is an all or nothing Father, we can’t say He’s Lord sometimes—He has to be Lord all the time, over everything in our lives. If not, we are just spinning our wheels. Faith in and submission to Jesus Christ is the way to see real change in the coming year and throughout our lives (John 14:12-13).
It’s disheartening to write goals from year to year, looking back only to see you are in the same place. You can make so many promises that you get sick of yourself, but what is it that God can’t do? He raised up Jesus from the dead surely a few pounds here and there can’t be a problem or a more pleasant demeanor is no sweat off of His brow. It’s for your good, right? Nothing is impossible for Him. What about your passion to be a better witness? Is your desire motivated by a want to edify the body of Christ (I Corinthians 14:12)? God wants that too. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him, so it is impossible to have a thirst to do well without the desire emanating from the source of all goodness.
The scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Who could have any better plans for us than God does. It may seem like we have the ultimate plan for our lives, but it’s not in the same galaxy of what God’s plans are for His people. His plan is what we were meant to do. So in this new year, it’s time to get on plan— not with resolutions, but with submission of heart, knowing God, our Father, truly knows what is’ best for us.