Commitment or Resolution?
So many of us—some estimates say more than 40% of
Americans—make New Year’s resolutions. But for all the good
intentions, only a tiny fraction of us actually keep our
resolutions. In fact, University of Scranton research suggests
that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
Being in marketing, I’m a big believer in the importance of
language. How you say something and how much detail you
attach to it, makes all the difference between a baseless wish,
like a resolution, and a commitment. A commitment is a
promise with steps. Setting ambitious resolutions often means
your elation will quickly give way to frustration. That’s why you
need rational, achievable metrics when setting your yearly goals.
Note, I said ‘goals,’ not ‘resolutions.’
So, what does this have to do with spirituality?
Each year we need to commit to a renewed attitude, gratitude,
compassion, and leadership in our Christian faith. God has
asked us to be his megaphone to the world, and each year we
have a new opportunity to do so.
Each year we can renew our focus on prayer and the ministry
of the Word to others. Each year we can work harder to allow
our character, our words, and our works to be God-Powered,
rather than human-powered. Each year, we have the choice to
live a more Christian-Centered life. So, I encourage you to
commit to God today, hand your life over to Him, and allow
him to make good use of you today, tomorrow and the rest of
AND MAY YOUR HEARTS BE FULLY COMMITTED TO THE
LORD OUR GOD, TO LIVE BY HIS DECREES AND OBEY HIS
COMMANDS, AS AT THIS TIME.
1 KINGS 8:61