It is that time of year again: we’re going to lose weight; we’re going to stick to a budget and get out of debt; we’re going to make time for our family; we’re going to be more organized. Year after year, we make all these resolutions because we truly want a life change. The question then is not so much “are we motivated to make the change” but, “do we have the ability to make it stick?”
Here are 5 steps to help you make the choices stick:
1) Prayer – Connect with God. Communication with God is the key to a life change. John 14:13-14, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
2) Invest in your gifts – God has given you talents. Focus on your passions. Impact and influence others in a positive way by the way you are living. 1 Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
3) Break the patterns of sin – doing the same thing over and over again gets you nowhere fast. Repent of your sin and walk away from it. Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
4) Be who you are. Quit comparing yourself with others. Be what God called you to be. Galatians 6:4-5, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone,without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.”
5) Put your family first. 1 Timothy 3:2-5, “A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, 3 not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. 4 He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. 5 For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church?”
Change can be difficult. By putting these steps into practice, you will become the person you want to be with God’s help.