2012 is here! I have waited a few days before doing this blog to let the reality set in. By now most of our resolutions are just a memory, and there is nothing new or any big changes in our lives.
Something which has helped me with my resolutions through the years is from a sermon I heard by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. I was a junior in college and was home on Christmas break. A friend invited me to attend Marble Collegiate Church. I learned a valuable lesson that day and it has served me very well through the years, more than 50 of them!
Dr. Peale was talking about keeping New Year’s resolutions. One of the mistakes, he said, was that we make too many resolutions. As a result, none of them work. Dr. Peale explained that we should just choose one resolution that is manageable. I did not keep my New Year’s resolution that particular year, but I did a few years later. I remembered what Dr. Peale had said,
Take only one resolution, focus on it with breathing space and your life will change.”
That year when I addressed my New Year’s resolution, it worked! I gave myself plenty of time and knew I would make a few mistakes. I did make a few mistakes here and there, but kept my eye on the prize. By the first of August I had accomplished my goal. Since then, whenever I make a resolution I focus on just one, give it time, and watch the results happen.
The formula works! Simply decide what needs to be changed, then focus your mind on that change and give yourself time. There will be periods of time when you forget or are weak, but keep your mind clearly focused. You’ll discover that change will happen in ways you could never imagine.
As you work toward your goal, pray that God will support you and know in your heart that regardless of things going on, God is there. With His power of promise, with His love and acceptance, everything in life can change.
I pray that you have a productive year with much joy and happiness and the experience of success through a New Year’s resolution.