Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Daily Resolutions

The last few years I haven’t made New Year’s Resolutions. For years I made the common resolutions – lose weight, read my Bible more, spend less, get more organized. – and each year, somewhere around January 15th, I fail. I beat myself up, did some pretty degrading self-talk and sometimes even tried again. But, with only a few exceptions, I would eventually give up. What a disappointment!

For a couple of years I conveniently ignored all the hype regarding resolutions and just opted for a resolve-free year. That was a commitment I could keep. That worked well, until I realized what God’s Word had to say about New Year’s Resolutions.

Paul knew the secret to successful New Year’s Resolutions. He said in I Corinthians 15:31b: I die daily. Paul knew in order to live in this fleshly life that we would have to take it a day at a time. That purposeful, driven, intentional decision, made daily, assured a greater success rate. That personal decision to die to myself each day hasn’t turned me into a perfect-professional-daily-resolution maker; instead God has tenderly uncovered those areas in true need for a make-over.

So this year, the resolutions will come, but in a different package. One that arrives daily, focused on the work God wants to do in my life. Less focus on what I think takes precedence and more attention focused on what He wants. It’s tough…and I am sure I will fail Him, but there’s a calm assurance knowing I’m able to approach Him daily. I don’t have to wait until next year.

VERSE: I die daily. I Corinthians 15:31b

Father, your steadfast love never ceases to amaze me and Your mercies are new everyday. Thank You for renewal and forgiveness. Thank You for daily directing my steps. Please help me to welcome those quiet moments with you, when I die to what my flesh wants and resolve to do Your will for my life. In Jesus precious name, Amen

3 comments:

Kathy said...

Gina, I too feel led to make resolutions this year. Godly resolve is so much different that human determination. I am praying that He will give me Godly resolve for every desire and goal He puts on my heart. Blessings, and shall we mutually pray for and encourage each other in the Lord this next year!

eberts4missions said...

Gina, you hit the nail on the head! I have had some of these same thoughts lately with all the talk of New Year's resolutions...why wait for the New Year when change can start now and happen daily if needed!

I love your thoughts daily...you are a blessing!

Heart2Heart said...

Gina,

This theory of doing it daily works in every aspect of the things we want to change in our lives. Instead of beating ourselves up when we fail that day, we simply need to remind ourselves that tomorrow offers an entirely new day to pick it back up and begin again.


Love and Hugs ~ Kat