New Year’s Resolutions

new years resolutions

What do you hope to change in the year ahead?

I have often wondered how effective it is to make a new year’s resolution? It seems to come at a time when everyone is pumped to change something they don’t like about themselves. They want to lose weight, get fit, get out of debt, stop smoking, stop drinking etc.

Now don’t get me wrong. I also would like to make some changes in my life, but why now? Is it because it’s a new year, and maybe a fresh start? I guess I don’t understand the mindset of people who want to make a change, and sometimes a drastic one, even at this particular time in their life.

If you make a change, and you are successful at it, does that mean you will like yourself more? What if you don’t succeed, what happens then?

Here is my theory: maybe its because you don’t like yourself, or someone else doesn’t like you, so you have to make a change in your life in order to feel loved, or even accepted, by yourself or other people.

What do you think?


Heavenly Father,

I do not want to be conformed to the image of this world, where people make decisions based on impulse, rather than the leading of your Holy Spirit. Help me to make decisions based on your presence in my life, so that I can be conformed to the image of your Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.