How's That New Years Resolution Going For You?

Philippians 4:13 tells us, I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

I believe that with all my heart, I hope you do too. 

But there is something about New Years Resolutions that seems to fly in the face of this truth.  New Years Resolutions.  

80% of all resolutions are abandoned by Feb. 1.   Dishearting, I know.  So what can you do? 

#1 - Don't make a New Years resolution in January.  I know - odd, but follow along.  January is the most depressing month of the year.  The first full work week after the holidays is called Yuck Week.  The most depressing day of the year is the third Monday of January.  Don't try to do something positive in your life when time is working against you.  

#2 - Prepare to do your resolution in advance.  The success of a resolution is in the preparation, not in the execution.  Here is the big key.  Learn how to change your habits.  Whatever you are trying to do, you're going to have to change some habits.  

#3 - Start in June.  Now you can start anytime you want, but why June?  For some reason, June is the happiest and most successful month of the year.  If you're going to do something great in your life, give yourself every chance of being successful at it.  

Don't give in to marketing.  People who are trying to sell you stuff during this time of the year are counting on your failure.  (For example, gym memberships or quit smoking programs.) This way you try again next year and spend money with them again.  Just ignore them.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to make the right choice in my life and help me do them the right way.  AMEN  

PS.  Over the last few days, I have shared with you excerpts from a recent Sunday message.  This was a trial effort, and I would like your input.  Did you like it?  Would you like to see more?