Congratulations! You have formed your list of resolutions for this year. You are fired up and ready to go. You are going to hustle every day to ensure that you fulfill your resolutions. Or, maybe, you will hustle until a few days or weeks from now.
Why Are Resolutions Hard to Keep?
I have often said that resolutions are made to be broken. They are created with good intentions to be sure. They may have even been created with a high level of motivation. But, somewhere at some time, they become nothing more than a thought. A passing thought at best.
Could it be that our resolutions are a dream of the life that we desperately desire? Could it be that our current (or even past) circumstances have placed a lid on us? Could it be that we have listened to too many pessimistic voices around us? Could it be that we have bought into the lie of the American dream?
The Lie of the American Dream
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that position, power, possessions, or profit are bad. They are amoral. God has certainly blessed some people with these things. The problem, however, is that we as humans are moral beings. Therefore, it is how we use these things that either bless us or curses us.
Far too often the lie of the American Dream is that you must work harder and longer to get these things. Sometimes the American Dream even leads you to make decisions that are questionable morally and ethically. All in the name of “getting ahead.”
Two Paths of Life
So, what is the answer to this dilemma? The answer is to realize that life is like a vapor. It appears for a moment and then begins to dissipate and disappear. When your life disappears, there is no position, power, possession, or profit that will matter.
That which matters when your vapor of life disappears will be which path you chose. Did you choose the path of blessing or cursing? You are on one of those paths. You cannot be on both paths at the same time.
The path of blessing is the path on which your priorities are right. They are first and foremost focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. On the path of blessing, you will cherish His law and reject the world’s ideology that is opposed to His Law (Psalm 1:1-3). This is the path in which the fruit of righteousness is produced. Others around you will know that you are on the path of blessing.
The path of cursing is the path on which your priorities are wrong. It is the path in which you chose to reject the Law of God. You choose to walk your own path. You choose to live life in your own way. The sad reality is that often you do nothing more than mess your life up (Psalm 1:4-6).
Every Path Leads To a Destination
Today, you must not forget that every path leads to a specific destination. The blessed path leads to eternal life. The cursed path leads to the harsh reality of God’s eternal judgment upon you. God has already prepared the path of blessing for you by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ into the world to die on the cross in your place for your sins.
Therefore, the only way to get on the path of blessing is to repent of your sin, confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, and be obedient to His law. This will put you on the path of blessing. It will put you on the path that leads to eternal life.
So, what does all of this have to do with resolutions for this year? It has everything to do with it! If you are inclined to make resolutions, why not make resolutions that will place you and keep you on the path of blessing
1. Reject the counsel of the world. Often the world’s counsel is nothing more than an opinion that is rooted in selfishness.
2. Walk away from unrighteousness. It is not necessarily right to do just because others are doing it.
3. Do not keep company with unrighteous people. You tend to become who you keep company with. Peer pressure exerts much force.
4. Delight yourself in the word of the Lord. It is not a burden to keep the law of the Lord. The law leads us to righteousness. So, read the Bible every day. Study the Bible. Join a faith community that believes and teaches the Bible.
5. Meditate on the word of God. Don’t read it and then forget about it. Take time to ponder it. Think it through. Ask questions of the Scripture and let it speak to you.