It is already February 2019; how is that New Year’s resolution you made a month ago going? Remember it? You were excited about it and very determined to make it happen. So, a month in, how’s it going?
The gym is not quite as busy now as it was two weeks ago. The night stocker at the grocery store told me that he is back to his regular delivery schedule in the cookie aisle. The stack of cigarette boxes at the convenience store was pretty tall.
I do not make New Year resolutions; I also do not judge people who do—I have known those who make them and kept them and that is fantastic! But the reality is that for the most part resolutions are a wish-list, not a life-style change. U.S. News reports that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are dismissed by February and at the end of the year 92 percent are but a distant memory.
Instead of making a resolution once a year, I believe the best way to address issues in our lives we want to change is to make a goal, establish a plan and get a support network. We do not need to go for our goals alone. Family and friends are a great place to start for support. Depending on the goal, sometimes professionals are the ones we need to seek out: doctors, counselors, personal trainers, teachers, the point is there are many people out there well trained, educated, and experienced who are willing to help us achieve our goals.
But, and I am guilty of this, the One who is often not asked for guidance in our goals is God. He created us and desires to give the best for us and we often leave Him out of our plan. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This is not a “free pass” from trials and tribulations to fulfill the plans and goals. It is however, assurance that in God nothing is out of our reach and if our goals align with His plans they are blessed and provide a future of prosperity.
Whether you made a New Year’s resolution or not, whether you have kept it or not, maybe it is time to go to God and ask Him what plans He has for me.