Father in Heaven, may these words come from You and not me. May You have all the honor and glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
Hello friends! Pull up your chair to the table and let’s talk honestly here. How have you been doing on your New Year’s resolution? Did you make one?
I know we talked a little about a word for the year and even an “unword” for the year. But honestly I can’t tell you that I made an honest to goodness New Year’s resolution of the traditional kind. I’m not very good at keeping them. I kind of feel like it goes against my nature to commit to something with that long of a time frame. Not that commitment is a problem for me over all… just that it seems overwhelming to commit to something for an entire year.
It seems to be a common resolution to lose weight or spend more time with family or read through the bible in a year and these are all great and obtainable goals. But what if, instead of making them New Year’s resolutions, we make them New “Day’s” resolutions?
Paul says in the book of 1 Corinthians that he has to die to self daily…
1 Corinthians 15:31 “I assure you, believers, by the pride which I have in you in your union with Christ Jesus our Lord I die daily. I face death and die to self.” (Amp)
Each day we have to surrender our lives to the Lord, it’s our choice to do this. It’s a new beginning each and every morning. That is God’s gift to us! Starting new every single day.
I believe I can handle a New Day’s resolution better then one for the entire year. it’s bite size and offers grace. If I didn’t meet my goal to drink more water one day, I’m not tempted to give up for the whole rest of the year because I get to try again tomorrow. If I have not written the word count I wanted to in a day to stay on track for the year, I can get back to it tomorrow and not have to make up for what I didn’t do the day before. If I carry (my unword for the year) old hurts and feelings around with me on a particular day, I can hand them over that night and start new the next day.
Do you see the pattern here? There isn’t the feelings of failure for an entire year in mid January that could potentially set the tone for the rest of 2020 when we make the choice to have New Day’s resolutions.
Failure is a tool the enemy uses to discourage and shame us. But God offers a new beginning EVERY… SINGLE… DAY! Don’t fall into the trap of the mid January bust and assume the rest of the year is a failure. Accept God’s gift of daily renewal and grace. What will your New Day’s resolution be today… tomorrow… next week? You get to choose one for every day. Start one today then start again tomorrow. Let me know how it’s going and I’m praying we all will make New Day’s resolutions. Blessings to all of you and Happy New Day!