by Paul List:
Well family, here it is, a new year and a new decade. Many people like to start a new year with resolutions about health or wealth goals. Most fail. The reason most fail is that we are creatures of habit. What we did last year is likely what we will do next year. What we did this decade is most likely what we will do in the next decade. The issue is not a desire for improvement, but the tyranny of the urgent. Diets are smothered by convenience store cookies or drive through favorites. Savings are sapped by splurges and specials too good to pass up. At the end of the year, we have not only gained weight, but lost money.
The same rings true for our spiritual health and wealth. Yearly programs for reading the Bible in twelve months are forgotten by February. Prayer sputters into silence thanks to excessive media white noise and distractions. Your study of God’s Word and prayer life habits of yester year will most likely mirror next years. It is not a lack of desire to improve, but again, a direct attack of the tyranny of the urgent. Life gets busy, work, school, family, recreation, social functions, shopping, vacations and chores all have a way of blurring our days into one long stream of activity.
The secret to any resolution, whether spiritual, physical or financial is not a secret. It’s not a new Bible App, or a new Gym Membership, or revised budget. It all boils down to a daily decision to saying yes or no. To say yes to something also means saying no to something else. You can say yes to a triple layer burrito, or you can say yes to a salad; one will have to be a no. You can say yes to buying another pair of “really cute shoes”, or you can say yes to saving that $150; one will be a no. You can say yes to reading your Bible daily or you can say yes to watching T.V. for an hour after work; one will have to be a no. You can say yes to talking to friends about football or you can say yes to talking about Jesus, one will have to be a no.
The reason resolutions fail is that we choose the wrong yes on a daily basis. Days churn out weeks, months, years and before you know it, it is 2030 and you still have never read through your Bible, prayed on a daily basis, or shared the Gospel with a single person.
Pray about what you choose to say yes to, and if it brings God glory and honor then, by all means, let it be a resounding yes!
But, if it distracts from Him and does not point others to the Cross and the One who died upon it, then let it be a resounding no!