By: Curtis Morton
The way I see it, I am not sure if it makes sense to make New Year’s resolutions.
Yeah, I know, I’ve got your attention right? I know you are asking: What trupitniss Curtis ah talk now?
Let’s get real.
Check back over the years. How many New Year’s resolutions have you made? How long did those resolutions last for? Did you exercise for one week and then got comfortable in your bed with a little longer sleep as usual?
Did you plan to get rid of a really bad habit and you held out for how long? Two weeks? A month?
I mean, we mean well when we make these resolutions but habits are not gotten rid of overnight and bad habits CANNOT be broken in our own strength.
Logically, the DEVIL encourages us into bad habits and so only our dependence on God can help us to break such habits.
Therefore, it is my conviction that instead of making all of these nice resolutions (which by the way look really good when written into your diary), that we should have a more active year.
The written resolutions are mere THEORY and my parents taught me that ‘a promise is a comfort to a fool.’ So don’t fool yourself with nice promises.
Get involved in an ACTION plan.
Start by telling God what you want to improve on in your life and by his grace just get up and DO it. By his grace of course.
You will have to make some serious sacrifices too.
Makes no sense to commence a rigorous exercise program every morning and after burning off some calories, you get back home and eat off the whole pot of food!
Makes no sense to say you are going to stop drinking alcohol but you are keeping a couple bottles of liquor under your bed ‘just in case friends pass by.’
Those bottles of liquor gonna call out to you from under your bed…all hours of the night!
So, you get my drift?
Then again your plans must be realistic and systematic. Don’t plan to accomplish the impossible. Take it one day at a time.
For example, if you owe somebody $2,000.00, plan on repaying let’s say $100.00 per month and the figure will come down slowly but surely. So rather than looking at the big figure of $2,000.00 and then never repaying any of it, set yourself small and realistic targets.
Then you don’t have to fall out with anybody. What I have noticed in many cases is that when people owe you money and they don’t intend to pay it back, they stop speaking to you!
Well I neva!
So, do it in stages. Pay a little at a time and use the same general rule of thumb for any of your other set goals.
So out with resolutions and in with ACTION for 2015.
That’s the way I see it. How do you see it?