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By the time you read this story, 2011 will be at least a few days old. If you are like most people, you are almost a week into your New Year’s resolutions, if you made any. Or, they may have already gone by the wayside like the resolutions of so many New Year’s past. If so, you are no doubt feeling a bit discouraged about now. For this very reason, some people refuse to make these annual commitments to better themselves. Because they have failed so many times in the past, they have given up trying. That way they don’t have to chance another failure.

The idea of New Year’s resolutions is a good one, I think. For, we all have areas of our lives where we need to improve. Quitting smoking or drinking, losing weight, starting an exercise program, getting out of debt, being kinder and more patient to our spouse, kids and pets – these are all excellent things to strive for. The problem arises when we attempt to conquer these obstacles in our own strength by the sheer force of our will.

Habits Stronger Than Our Resolutions

As strong as the human will is, and it is amazingly strong in some people, it is not stronger than lifetime habits. And that is why we so often fail. We want to make changes we know are for the good but our habits are stronger than our resolutions. One of my favorite Christian writers, E.G. White, puts it this way, “Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand.”

How then can we make the changes we so desperately need to make? The answer is in linking the will power we do have with the power of God in Christ. God can and will give us the victory over every bad habit if we give our will over to the Lord. When we do this, the Almighty will bring our nature under the control of God’s Spirit and we will be able to make the changes we so want to make but are seldom able to make in our own strength.

This then, is the “Big Daddy” of all New Year’s resolutions, the one that paves the way for all the others to be realized. And thank God, it doesn’t have to be made on January 1! It can be made just now in your heart.

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