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5, 4, 3, 2, 1……HAPPY NEW YEAR you scream as the confetti swirls and kisses are exchanged. You’ve told yourself for weeks that 2018 is the year you’re gonna do that thing that’s really a struggle for you or not do that thing you always feel guilty about. 

Promises, promises. Why do we make them? Are we compelled by society to be happier, richer, more beautiful, or more successful? TV programs pitch the perfect life. Magazines show us how we are supposed to look, what to wear, and what car to drive. And so we all on some level aspire to pull ourselves up from the bootstraps so that we can say, “I made it” and, “I made it all by myself!” Willpower is a cruel master. 

But what does God say? He says that we should look to our maker to determine our worth, we should trust our Father that He is in control, and we can believe that He is working all things together for our good. 

Using Joshua 24:15 we are exhorted to “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served…or the gods in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Our prayer is that we will all see that lasting resolutions are founded on reality and fueled by deep conviction. What we truly believe, we act on. This year let’s make resolutions that make life worth living!