Making Resolutions

Job 17:9     Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

2 Corinthians 3:18     But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:15     but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.

Philippians 2:12     So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presecne only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

1 Timothy 4:15     Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

Philippians 3:12-14     Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I do not regard my self as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgettinbg what liwa behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


While researching for this blog post, I found a great article.  It was in, written by Jennifer  Heerin entitled  God is Pleased by our Progress not Perfection published January 27, 2017.   I’m so thankful I found it.

Do you make commitments to change something on New Year’s?  Very rarely have I dont that.  Mostly because I make a “habit” of changing something throughout the year….and usually fail and revert back to the old before very long.  For example, I smoked for several years.  I would pick a favorite number and decide to quit on that numbered day of a certain month.  There was extra certainty if that number landed on a Monday—first day of a new work week, so that much power in the date chosen.   Nope, could just as easily fail.

I generally was not controlled enough to stick with my improvement decisions for long.  So, if I could not stick to it on regular days, why would I risk a bigger fail choosing to change something in the New Year?  There are still areas I work on and try to become better at, or give up things that arfe less healthy for me to deal with, and I believe that will be a life long process.   But certainly, and thankfully, smoking is no longer on that list.  There are a few other things that have been mastered over the years, but again, not given up on that brand new start of a new year.

I do try to choose a word for each new year.  I want a word that will remind me I need to grow and improve in an area.   A couple years ago, I chose ‘open’ as I needed to be more open to other ideas and be able to show them the truth in the Word; and I also needed to try to force myself to be approachable as well as more easy approaching others.  For decades, I allowed whatever to hold me back from greeting and seeking others.  (Yuck, how much did I lose with THAT behavior?)  However, it was work and a great effort for me to push away from my shyness, hesitancy, and nerves.  And when I would feel myself holding back, hesitating, or even getting ready to retreat, the Holy Spirit would remind me of the word ‘open.’  

In all honesty, occasionally I would retreat, get to my car, then scold, tell myself to stop being a ninny, and go back in…and I’d go back in.  And always had a pleasant experience.  Imagine that!   There were other times, when remembering my word and my intent for the year, I’d go forward and the warmth of another was a “reward” in a way.   (Not a big deal for most others, but it was a chore for me to go forward and not choose to duck out.).   My relationships with others grew, I gained some confidence, and had some real nice experiences.

So, this year, I will choose a word that is pertinent and see what the following of that will bring.  It’s a way for me to see progress, writing the word, remonding myself of the word, and following His lead. 

So, just a thought, but do you do anything special for a new year?  Happy New Year to all with abundant blessings.

Thank You, Lord, for all You do for ‘me and my bellaviews.’