2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
Why don’t most New Years resolutions work long term?
Before I get to that I want to point out that I usually use the NIV version of the Bible for the BVD each day, primarily for consistency of using the same version and for an easier reading than other versions. Before we go much further I am not advocating using only using one specific version of the Bible or that If you only use one specific version you should consider others. How you read and use whatever version or versions of the Bible are between you and your Heavenly Father, I bring it up because I am going to look at parts of this same passage in The Message to gain more clarity…
….Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God….You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
Back to the topic of New Year’s resolution… why don’t most of them work?
Why do we after varying degrees of time tend to fall back into the some routines, habits, addictions?
It is because we approach them with a head change and not a asking God to change our heart. Let me try to explain…
When we approach trying to change behaviors with discipline only they usually fail at some point. Most of what we try is to attack is the symptoms of the issues and not the problem underneath causing the symptoms.
Let’s take overeating (food addiction) as an example. Although there is truth that we can minimize a tendency to overeat by changing routine, eliminating junk food in the house, etc… the real issue is often something broken in our heart that routine will not repair. Although routine and discipline play a part in the long term cure, they alone will not produce healing. Healing can only come from God.
I have found myself in past years even including God in my resolutions by asking Him to give me strength to meet whatever goal I had in my mind and to some degree that helped for a period, but the issue was I was asking God to help in a too limited area (my mind only).
Real change occurs in our lives when we ask God to come in and heal what is broken underneath that is producing the undesired results and by also giving us the strength to withstand the temptation. It is heart change and head change combined that produce lasting change in our lives.
No matter where you are today I am sure there are things in your life you desire to change.
Will you join me in asking God to come into to the broken places in our hearts to begin or to continue the healing process and to give us a renewed mind as well?
This my friends is where freedom and abundant life is found…
Have a blessed day,