Question: Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions? It seems that every year I make a list, but seldom accomplish my goals. Consequently, I feel guilty. I’m beginning to think it would be better not to make the list.
Answer: I can certainly identify with this perspective, but I do believe in New Year’s Resolutions. All of us need to evaluate our lives periodically, and the beginning of a new year is a good time to do that. Let me share some ideas that can make this a positive experience. First, make your objectives realistic. Don’t shoot for the moon. Second, make your goals measurable. Better to say, I plan to have a quiet time with God at least once a week this year. Than to say, I’ll do it every day. This is both realistic and measurable.
Third, pray that God will give you wisdom on how to reach your goals. If you want to loose 20 pounds, you need to have a plan. God can guide you to the plan that is right for you. And Fourth, don’t measure your worth by your performance. You are valued by God, even if you don’t keep your resolutions.