I used to be a firm believer in the power of New Year’s resolutions.
Each New Year’s Day I’d get out my little notebook, divide it into categories (family, spiritual, physical, etc.), write out my New Year’s resolutions, and then sit back and wait for the new and improved me to miraculously appear.
Each year, I failed.
I ended the year the same way I started the year. Same old bad habits. Same old unmet goals. Same old me.
My problem wasn’t that I didn’t want to change. I did. My problem was that I was trying to change too many things at once and that I didn’t know how to change.
Instead of relying on God’s strength, I was relying on my own. And I was a weakling in the strength department.
A Habit that will Help You Reach Your Goals
That all changed about ten years ago when I developed the habit of the renewing of the mind. This discipline has done more to bring me close to God, help me break free from idolatry and sin, and even accomplish goals than anything else I’ve ever done in my life other than intense Bible study.
I’ve spoken about this habit on my blog before, but have always wanted to come up with a way to help those of you who would like to start the habit but can’t make yourself do it. I’m hoping this series will give you a hand up if you want to give the habit a try.
If you’d like to join in, here’s what to do:
The New Year’s Resolutions Bible Study
- New Year’s Resolutions Bible Study Worksheet
- Making a Plan
- Working With God on Your Goal
- Renewing of the Mind Bible Study Week 1
- Renewing of the Mind Bible Study Week 2
- Renewing of the Mind Bible Study Week 3
- Renewing of the Mind Bible Study Week 4
- If you get discouraged along the way, do this Bible study: Bible Study: When God Doesn’t Change You Instantly
If you’d like another resource to help you with your goal, check out The Renewing of the Mind Project
Also, if you want to ask a friend or family member to do the project with you, that would be great. It’s always nice to have a little face-to-face encouragement.