Ah, yes, New Year’s Resolutions, those things half of us make and the other half mock. Much has been said about how badly people follow through on their resolutions. After all, the statistical success rate is something like -33%, which is to say that people do roughly 1/3rd worse on the things they resolve to do better on.
Solution? Instead of making up a list of New Year’s Resolutions, I made up a list of Old Year’s Resolutions, things I actually did last year. And guess what? I accomplished every one of them! Woo-hoo!
OK, so not really. But I did make up a list of things I’m grateful for regarding the year just passed. Only I can’t share it with you because it’s full of personal stuff.
Which brings me to the point I didn’t know I was trying to make: New Year’s Resolutions tend to revolve around external things (lose weight, land that dream job). But the things that always turn out to matter most are the internal ones. For example, the relationship breakthrough I had with my daughter over the holidays.
Wonderful, yes, but those are the things we can’t see coming, can’t plan for. God knew, of course, and planned for them, but I didn’t. The only thing I can do is strive to keep my heart open and ready to respond to what he sends my way. Therefore…
Although there’s nothing wrong with making external plans respecting diet, career, etc., the most important “plan” I can make is to “seek first his kingdom (his active will and guidance) and his righteousness (his care and grace toward others).” And, since it turns out God is better than anyone else at fulfilling his resolutions, if I seek these first, all of the other stuff “will be added” into the bargain (Matthew 6:33). He guarantees it. Hey, whaddya know…