A lot of people put something special at the start of the year and go about making resolutions they may with the best intentions to keep throughout the year but they fall by the wayside in a month, week, or even days from the time they make them.
I am not one of those people. While a took a little time to reflect on the doings of the past year both good and not so good I do not plan on making a list of things to do for the year but have an ongoing list that is constantly updated as needs arise. What is the difference?
- It avoids making grand dios promises that are likley to fail, the Bible admoinshes us But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.-James 5:12. So do not make promises you cannot keep.
- It keeps my promises fresh in my mind on a daily bases and breaks them down into little, do-able steps.
- It is eaiser to keep going with the little daily victories then struggle for weeks and months not quite finishing anything so it is harder to get discouraged.
So I am not saying not to set goals, but to really think about them in the light of eternity and with this thought in mind: Does it glorify God:
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. -1 Coritnhtians 10:31 (empasis mine)
Because if you are not doing it to golrify God, then why are you doing it?
Just something to think about.