My New Year’s resolutions never last

How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution and only within a few days or weeks break it? I speak from experience. I must confess that I am guilty. I have only made a few New Year’s resolutions in my lifetime, and I don’t believe they lasted very long. How about you? Or am I the only one?

I like the words of Henry Ward Beecher, “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you; never excuse yourself; never pity yourself. Be a hard master on yourself and be lenient to everybody else”.

That sounds like a fairly good way to start the year. You might read it over a few times and you will discover the more you read those words, the more sensible they sound.

We could probably do ourselves a big favor if we would make it a New Year’s resolution and make up our minds to live by it.

I have heard all kinds of New Year’s resolutions over the years, and one of the best is found in Joshua 24:15. From the word of God, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Just think what a change that way of life would do to our world.

Did you ever wonder why people refuse to live their lives serving God?

I always find assurance in God’s word. One of my favorite scriptures is “Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world” [Matthew 28:20]. To me, that is the greatest insurance policy available.

A broken New Year’s resolution will do you no good. God does not make New Year’s resolutions. He only makes promises, and He never breaks those promises. May I recommend a New Year’s resolution to you? If so, trust in God, and don’t break it!


About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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