Monday, January 12, 2015

Forget New Year's resolutions, let's try "New Day Resolutions"

By Niki Turner

We're almost two weeks in to 2015, which means most of us who made New Year's resolutions have already fallen off the proverbial wagon. I know I have.

My failure doesn't make me want to turn to the anti-resolution side, but I am looking for better ways to keep my resolutions. I've come to wonder if maybe we should be narrowing our focus. Maybe it's not about the next year, or the next six months, or even the next month or week... what if the reason we continue to flop and fail at our resolutions is because we're extending our vision beyond the grace we've been given?

The Bible is full of "daily" references, but this one is probably the most applicable...

Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own worries. The troubles we have in a day are enough for one day.  
Matthew 6:34New Life Version (NLV)
I can relate to that statement, can you?

What if we made resolutions every day, not just on New Year's Day? Today may have been a no-good, terrible, horrible, awful, completely worthless day... which for many of us would mean the end of our resolve... but WHAT IF we just set today—with it's mistakes and shortcomings and disappointments and failures—aside, and really focused on this:
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning;Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“Therefore I hope in Him!”
Lamentations 3:22-24New King James Version (NKJV)
His mercies are new EVERY MORNING. Perhaps that means we need fresh mercy not just once a year on Jan. 1 to succeed, to do His will, to accomplish our goals.

Have your resolutions already crashed and burned? Don't give up... you probably just need to renew your mercy and grace subscription. Daily. I know I do.

So unwad that list of resolutions and change the way you look at them... one day at a time!


Niki Turner, ACFW Colorado Coordinator
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  1. Ugh, Niki. I'd forgotten all about NYRs until I read your post. No resolutions made. Bummer. Good news is none made means non broken.

    I do have goals this year: Lose another 20-30 lbs. Exercise regularly. Write five books(varying lengths).

    1. Excellent goals, Gina! One day at a time to victory!

  2. Refreshing perspective! Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Perfect post for me right now! I needed the encouragement.

    Thank God His mercies are new every day!


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