Why do so many people make fun of New Years Resolutions? Isn't this the natural point in a year to evaluate our lives and set new goals? Don't we have things to accomplish this year and things about our lives that we should change?
Of course many New Years Resolutions are silly and are soon forgotten. I also suspect that most people are too proud to be successful in changing bad behavior and bad habits. Since we are proud we don't admit that our habits are all that bad. Since we are proud we can't humble ourselves to the discipline and help we need to be successful in change.
When it came to bearing fruit for God, Jesus said, "Without Me, you can do nothing."
Don't think for a minute that you are going to change yourself through your own efforts and careful planning. Genuine growth and positive change only come by the grace of God. We need to plan well and work hard - but all in the context of throwing ourselves on God's mercy and grace. When we really do grow and change God is glorified because it is His work in us that brings the success.
I have several new goals for 2009. I want to get more exercise and lose some weight. I want to spend more time with people in the community. I want to write some new things. I want to read more this year.
By God's grace these things are all possible - but I need to seek them through seeking Christ.
(Matthew 6:33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.