The thing I love about New Year’s resolutions is that they get you thinking about how you can improve certain aspects of your life. They breath new life into our goals and motivate us to accomplish them. The thing I hate about New Year’s resolutions is that very few people ever achieve what they set out to do on January 1st.
Speaking of, how are you doing with your resolutions so far? The first week of January is almost over, are you still going strong? I wholeheartedly hope that you are, and you can count on me to be your biggest cheerleader! GO BEAUTIFUL GOAL MAKER, GO! If you’re on the other end of the spectrum however, that’s okay too! Whether you’re the most committed resolution maker, have already fallen off the New Year’s resolution wagon, or didn’t even make a resolution, I have something that you can do that I guarantee will make this year your best one yet (PLUS I have a special gift I made just for you)! But first, lets take a closer look at these elusive things we call resolutions, and why they are so hard to keep.
The Reason We Make New Year’s Resolutions
We all love resolutions because no matter where we are in our lives, there is always room for improvement. We could all be eating a little better, exercising a bit more, and dedicating more of our time to the Lord (just to name a few). Now, I’m all about self improvement and striving to become my best self. I, like you, want to accomplish as much as I can with what little time I’m given here on earth. I’ve come to the conclusion however, that resolutions have never helped me to accomplish any of my goals, I’m talking not even once!
I always have the best intentions of sticking to my New Year’s resolutions, but after I put away all the Christmas decorations, and normal life resumes, they’re easily forgotten. Can you relate?
Last year, in an attempt to simplify, and maybe even stick to a New Year’s resolution for once, I decided to pick one word, just one, that I hoped would encompass and become my life’s theme for the next year. My reasoning was, that remembering one word would be easier and much more attainable than remembering and sticking to multiple resolutions. Yes, that would have to be easier, after all, who can’t remember one word? Um…the answer to that question would be…me, Kristy. It was only one word, and only one year has past, but I have no idea what word I chose!
Why We Can Never Seem To Keep Our Resolutions
Over the years, I’ve perfected my resolution list making skills (I can make an entire list of amazing life changing resolutions, hey I even enjoy doing it!), but unfortunately my follow through hasn’t got any better. In the words of the apostle Paul, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15).
Why is it that we all want to stick with our resolutions, but we just never seem to be able to? It’s because we’re depending on merely ourselves to accomplish them. For some reason, we have the tendency to sort aspects of our lives into two categories: things that are significant to God (health concerns, who to marry, events that cause us pain), and the things that are insignificant to God (your plans for the weekend, where to vacation, and your resolutions list). What we fail to realize is that to God, there is no insignificant aspect of our lives. He is concerned about the largest decisions to the smallest details, He even knows how many hairs are on your head (Luke 12:7)!
God wants to hear about your struggles with food, or your lack of motivation to exercise. He wants to hear it all. He doesn’t expect you to work on (and overcome) anything in your life on your own, or in your own strength and power. He wants to help you! God loves you so much that He cares about every one of your goals, and He wants to help you accomplish them if they are part of His will. God wants to be included in every aspect of your life, even your New Year’s resolutions!
Remember when I said I had something that you could do that I guaranteed would make this year your best one yet? Well, here it is: instead of placing all your hope in a list of goals, surrender your wants to the Lord in a New Year’s prayer!
I decided to write down my New Year’s prayer (and I encourage you to do the same) so that I can read it next year on New Year’s Eve. Unlike past resolutions, I know I’ll be blessed when I’m able to place mental check marks on all the beautiful things God accomplished in my life and the prayers He answered. There is no safer, or more fruitful place to lay down all your desires and goals than at the feet of Jesus. I know that on December 31st, you made some wonderful resolutions, and I want you to accomplish those goals for yourself. To do so, I encourage you to surrender them to the Lord. There is no better partner in life you could have!
When comparing my track record (or yours) to God’s, there is no comparison! He follows through on everything He says, and has been doing so since the beginning of time. Me, on the other hand, not so much. On most days, I can’t even get through my daily to do list! This is why a New Year’s prayer is soooo much better than a resolution!
I KNOW IT CAN SOMETIMES BE HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO START WHEN IT COMES TO PRAYER, AND EVEN WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PRAYER.
I didn’t want that to stop any of you, so here’s your special gift: I created a free prayer idea list to get you started, PLUS some pretty journal pages that you can write your prayer on. All you have to do is sign up below + click Get It, and it will be delivered straight to your inbox! Once you have your idea list and beautiful journal pages, all you need is a comfy chair, and a nice hot cup of tea to start your year off the best way you possibly could! Already a subscriber? No need to sign up below, just head over to the Subscriber Only Free Resources Library to access your Prayer Idea List and Journal Pages + exclusive content created just for subscribers!
Start The Year Off Right
This prayer idea list is meant to give you some ideas when you can’t think of what to pray for, but remember it’s just a starting off point. I pray that once you start writing down your prayer on these beautiful pages, that it will be hard for you to stop! That’s what happened to me!
I started my prayer with surrendering not only the next year, but my entire life to the Lord, and what He wants to do in my life. By not only praying this, but also trusting that God works all things out for my good, I know that I will be able to keep my eyes intently on Jesus throughout the upcoming year, whether the waters are calm or raging (Romans 8:28, James 1:2-4). Knowing that everything that will happen in the coming days and months is part of God’s plan for my life filled me with such strength, peace, happiness, and hope (and I pray it does the same for you).
As I continued with my prayer, I laid my wants and needs at the Lord’s feet, and I asked Him for help with the things I know I need to work on (like praying more), but my prayer didn’t just stop with me and my wants. I prayed for my husband, my family, and all the other people in my life. This is the thing I love most, and prefer about New Year’s prayers, as opposed to resolutions: it isn’t just about me, it’s open to all the other people that I love and care about!
What are you waiting for? I love that you’re spending time with me here, but I would much rather have you be spending time with the Lord in prayer. Don’t put it off, because we all know that when we put off spending time with the Lord, we usually don’t end up doing it.
But, before you go, I just want to wish you a Happy New Year, and let you know how excited I am for this upcoming year! I have some new + great things planned for Organic Christian Living (and each one of you!) that I can’t wait to share! I know God has great things in store for every single one of us in 2017!