New year’s promises

Hi how are you all today? I am good. My first week back at work was chaotic and I was really tired by the end of the week. But everything was done at work and at home as well so that was good. I don’t like having things in my home undone and left. Do you and how was your week?

Last week I was thinking about New Year’s resolutions. The meaning of resolution in the Oxford dictionary is a firm decision to do or not do something. Considering most New Year’s resolutions people make are forgotten about in the first month, it doesn’t seem like a resolution does it. It seems more like a hope so moment.

A hope so moment is a moment where we hope to be able to achieve something. There is no firm decision about it, only a hope. Why do we do this at the start of the year? It is because January 1 feels like a new beginning. But I want to say that a year is a long time. So instead of having New Year’s resolutions, let’s have new day promises.

The Bible says in Lamentations 3:20 that Gods mercies are new every morning. This means that I only need to look at the day that I am currently living in. If I want to eat better, then it needs to be a daily action. Did I do better than yesterday?

If I want to practice more kindness in my life, did I do better than yesterday. If I mucked it up, then I seek forgiveness from God and I know that His mercies are new every day.

Another verse in the Bible in Matthew 6 states that we are not to worry. In the Message Bible, it states:

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Again it is a daily process. God will be with us daily and will provide for us daily. If we are struggling in an area and want to get better, it is a daily walk with God.

God does not want us to make New Year’s resolutions. They can set us up to feel like a failure.

God wants us to walk with Him on a daily basis and do our best in all areas of our life. If we are struggling in an area, even if it is eating right or exercising, talk with God about it. He will help you through it daily not yearly.

It is okay to have a goal but break it down. A year is too long. A day is much shorter. It is those things that we consistently do on a daily basis that bring about long term change. Why? Because it becomes part of your daily routine and not an extra.

So this year, let’s have daily promises instead of New Year’s resolutions and see our lives change one step at a time. You can do it.

Bless you heaps and keep living the life God intended for you.

Bless you again

Karen


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