Yesterday at breakfast we were all sitting around the table – my husband and four kids and I – and I asked everyone a question, “If you could choose one goal for the year and knew you would complete it by the end of the year, which goal would you choose?”
It was interesting to hear the answers. Since we knew we were going to complete it, the sky was the limit. But so often we don’t set hard-to-reach goals because we know from past experience that we never complete them anyway.
This is a mistake. The problem isn’t with the goal. It’s with how we go about accomplishing the goal.
Usually we set resolutions in our areas of weakness. We want to change, but in our areas of weakness, it’s almost impossible to muster up enough discipline and self-control to change. We can’t do it in our own strength! That’s why we fail.
In those areas, we need to do what the Bible tells us to do if we want to change: We need to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2). If you’d like to work on a goal that is difficult for you this year–one of those goals you’ve never been able to accomplish in the past–here is a Bible study that will help: the New Years Resolution Bible study. Click on the links below for the different studies.
New Year’s Resolution Bible Study
New Year’s Resolution Worksheet – a worksheet that will help you come up with a goal if you don’t already have one.
When God Doesn’t Change You Instantly Bible Study
Update: Since writing this post, I’ve published a book that contains some of the information that’s in these studies. More than half of the book is filled with Bible verses and questions that will help you renew your mind and have conversations with God about your goals. You can use it by itself or as a companion to these free online studies and workshops. Here’s a link to the book: Renewing of the Mind Project.
Discussion Question: If you could accomplish one goal this year, what would it be? Or if that question is too hard to decide, what are some of your goals for next year?