|Posted by Ernest on December 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM|
Well, we've almost made it through 2014 and are preparing to embark on 2015. As customary, many people will make resolutions for the New Year. Personally, I make resolutions annually on my birthday - that's my personal New Year. What is a resolution? The noun resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something. This means that in our resolutions, we are saying that we are committed to accomplish some positive feat or abandon some negative habit.
As Christians, let's remember what the Scripture says in Matthew 5:37 - All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. That's pretty straightforward.
Our resolutions need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2015. This means they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Let's not deceive ourselves with unrealistic expectations in the New Year. We need to take baby steps with our resolutions. As my mother often says, 'we must crawl before we can walk.' Also, we must be patient with ourselves yet set our resolutions as priorities in our lives. Finally, it's always helpful to have accountability and support from others within our life circle.
Here's praying for you to have a prosperous New Year in actually keeping your resolutions.
Peace & Blessings!