“Well, we’ve already broken our New Year’s resolution about pop and junk food.”
I glanced over in time to see the gentleman setting several cases of soda into the back seat. Their resolution lasted about 30 hours. I wouldn’t call that the fastest breaking time for a resolution, but it ranks close to the top.
This is one of the reasons I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I break them almost as fast as the couple at Krogers. Sure, I’d like to have the resolve to exercise daily, not eat anything bad for me—ever, clean the house weekly, empty the dishwasher as soon as it stops, do the laundry before it piles up as tall as me, save up a million dollars, clean out the closets and the medicine cabinets, lose weight until I’m back at my high school weight, give up chocolate, finish all those UFO crafts floating around in the basement, clean the old stuff out of the file drawers (some is so old the paper has yellowed.) My hubby wants me to turn it ALL into digital files. Like I can find the time to do that! And I haven’t even mentioned the writing things that need to be done. If I listed all the things I needed to change or resolve to do in my everyday life, the list would go on forever.
It’s no wonder we break resolutions as fast as we can make them. The stuff we need and want to do can be overwhelming.
But is all that resolution stuff really important?
As I thought about this, I wondered what God’s word has to tell us about resolutions. I know He wants me to be resolute in my faith, but does God care about how resolute I am in my everyday life? Does my list, or lack thereof, of New Year’s resolutions matter to him?
I dug into my Bible resources looking for an answer. Although I couldn’t find any direct commandments about New Year resolutions (I don’t think they existed in Bible times), I did come up with four interesting commandments about faith I believe can be applied to New Year resolutions to make them more successful.