“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people of long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by earth for it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your own head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’, ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:33-37 NIV)
Here we are in the middle of the first week of the New Year and millions have probably already broken their Resolutions for the year. It is something that comes around every year; something that well-intentioned people do, and it is often nothing more than a failed attempt to change for the better. Change for the sake of change is, at best futile; at worst, it is nothing less than destruction. Change for the better must come about as a direct result of growth. Sadly, the learning curve on this is flat in our self absorbed culture.
New Year’s resolutions have always been a mystery to me. If something needs to be done, why wait until the New Year to do it. If you need to lose weight, quit a bad habit, get in shape, clean your closet, etc. why would you wait? If you make the determination that you need to fix your life in July or October, wouldn’t that be the time to get going on the repairs? The longer you wait, the worse things get.
The ultimate self-improvement teacher is Jesus Christ. Making a once-a-year vow to improve is just silly. Following His instructions, don’t swear to do something that you know you will fail to do; just do it. There is no need to keep walking through a revolving door every year when resolutions are made. You don’t have to make a show of things, write a list or wait until a date on the calendar to decide to make your life a better place to be. All you need to do to truly improve your life is open your Bible and read The Instructions; pray for His Guidance and live your life. If you really want to improve and thrive – give it ALL to God and let Him do the heavy work.
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