It’s hard to believe, 2018 is nearly over. As we look forward to 2019, I thought this would be a good time to share the following post. It first appeared on January 3, 2017, but I think It’s a great reminder for 2019.
It’s January so it must be time to make resolutions. Right? How have the resolutions you have made in past years worked for you? Did you keep them? What if I told you there is a better way?
This time of the year my in-box and social media accounts are overflowing with plans to use for self-improvement. In fact, it can be quite overwhelming.
Resolutions Don’t Work
In the past, I would list out my resolutions. Things I want to change, things I want to accomplish. Get better, do more, try harder.
And like 92% of resolution makers, I would fail to keep them by the end of January. Even for those who make it past January studies show that 9 out of 10 quit by March. That is a pretty dismal track record.
One of the problems with resolutions is that they tell us we are not enough. Not good enough, smart enough. Not enough of anything. They tell us that with just a little more effort we can be good enough.
A Better Way
When we follow the do harder, try harder resolutions method we end up over committed and over-scheduled. Attempting to do it all and do it in our strength will crowd out our passion and cause us to overlook opportunities to love.
Then what is the answer? Simple, hand over the controls. The one who made you knows you best. He has dreams and plans for you bigger and better than anything you could dare to dream
“For I know the plans I have for you’, says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)
“God can do anything you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Ephesians 3:20(MSG)
So, instead of resolutions try setting goals. But not just any goals. You need Jesus-Centered Goals.
Jesus Centered Goals
Traditional goal setting systems don’t work for me. I am kind of a nerd about planning and organization. I have studied and used many of the goal setting systems out there, but just like resolutions, my goals start out with a bang and fizzle. It’s just too easy for me to try to do it in my strength. I’m also prone to striving for perfection rather than being content with making progress. I found myself making goals and then asking God to bless them.
Instead of making goals using traditional goal setting methods we need to uncover good, Jesus-centered goals. “Good goals help you steward what you have been given well” – Lara Casey
When you think about it Jesus only gave us two goals; love God, love people. How we do this will look different for each of us. That’s why we need to uncover the unique goals Jesus has for us.
But if you choose to discover your goals with Jesus, you better fasten your seatbelt. You are about to embark on an exciting, unpredictable adventure. And the best part is you don’t have to do it in your strength.
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfil His purpose-I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength can confident peace].” Philippians 4:13(AMP)
In Him, you are enough. No more striving. When you give Him control, you will experience a deep sense of who you are and know that what you do really matters.
Do you make New Year Resolutions? Do they Work for you? Are are you ready to try something new?