I will be a better spouse, father or mother this year, I will not smoke or drink anymore, and I will start this business finally this year, etc. You must have heard or made such New Year resolutions last year and probably this year again. A new year should be better than the previous and making a quality decision to work towards it is very important. The issue is how can I ensure that I don’t give up after some weeks or months?
Many times I had made resolutions that I couldn’t keep till the end of the year. But through some studies and experience, I have come to realise that it is not by my might, nor by my power but by the help of God. Our weak points, trials and temptations can so strong that we need divine empowerment to be able to overcome them.
So how can you make your New Year resolution work this time
1. Make a resolution
Identify what you need to see changed this year and make a decision to change it. To wish it away or to TRY to change it is as good as saying, “Let this issue remain as it is”. Make an active decision to finally resolve the issue and you are on your way to putting it to rest.
2. Acknowledge your incapability
Until you accept that you need help, you will still be struggling with your resolution. Many failed to fulfil their New Year resolution, not because they were not determined enough but because they were overcome by temptations, challenges and fleshly desires. The spirit may be willing but the flesh is weak. (Mathew 26:41)
3. Ask for divine empowerment
“…ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24). Until you ask for help from God, you will not receive any. Therefore ask God to help you to uphold your resolution forever.
4. Have faith
There is need for you to believe that God shall surely help you out. Even if immediately after the prayer you miss it, don’t give up. You will soon discover that you are totally a changed person. God never fails; He only needs us to have faith.
So, what should I do while I wait to see the change? Give thanks to God for helping you. Thank Him that your desired result shall surely come to pass. Gratitude is a sign that you actually believe that God will help you.
As simple as these steps are, they have changed the lives of many including mine. It takes the power of God to overcome trials, temptations and the power of the flesh. The power to gratify our weak points is so strong that wilful power cannot defeat it. But with God all things are possible.
This year must be better than last year. Follow the steps and enjoy all that this year has for you. Enjoy your family, work, friends and yourself. It is a new year!
How else can you make your New Year resolution work this year?
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