Resolutions that Really Matter

This year, I will:

  • Be healthier
  • Spend less, save more
  • Get organized
  • Read 12 new books
  • Learn to knit
  • Conquer a marathon…okay, maybe just a half-marathon

Did you make any resolutions this year? Are you part of the 45% of Americans that make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe your list looks a little like mine.

Did you know that most resolutions are broken within several months? In fact, only 8% of people who make resolutions successfully achieve them.

Despite the odds, resolutions are good. People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t make resolutions.

However, when I look at my me-centered list, I keep thinking about one of my favorite Bible verses, Proverbs 16:9. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (NKJV).

So this year, I am adding some resolutions to my list that really matter—eternally—for God’s kingdom:

  • Strive more to live a missions lifestyle that honors God
  • Learn more about missions
  • Pray more for missions
  • Give more to missions
  • Do more missions
  • Participate more in the work of the church

As you begin 2016 and make resolutions of your own, seek God’s will and strength to follow His lead and not your own. What can you add to your list that really matters?

Wishing you all a blessed New Year!

Melissa Whetstone
Design Editor, Girls in Action

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