New Year 2019
According to Psychology Today, one of the main reasons New Year’s resolutions fail is because people just aren’t ready for a change. They set these high, lofty goals that are difficult to maintain.
One person may vow to hit the gym four days a week and lose ten pounds but hasn’t made time for the gym in their routine for three years. They expect to be able to jump in overnight and commit, and after a few weeks find themselves going less and less.
Others may choose to give up on their vices, whatever those may be. They decide on January 1st to quit cold turkey. Less than a week later the cravings get the best of them and they are right back to where they were December 31st.
What do all of these resolutions have in common? The all lead to disappointment and leave no room for grace.
God’s Word says, “ But grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18a
The writer, Paul, doesn’t say jump in with everything you have. He says you need to GROW. You can’t grow if you don’t plant roots. In order to do that you can start with small changes.
For example, if you want to read the Bible more, start by carving out just a few minutes a day and work your way up to more time. If you start by laying a steady foundation it will become a natural part of your daily life.
So start small, plant those roots, and make 2019 the best year yet!