New Year’s Resolutions: Partner Power

IMG_0239I admit: I’m not great at keeping my New Year’s resolutions. Each year, I set lofty goals and then fail to follow through.

This time around, however, I’m going about things a little differently. First, to make myself more accountable, I plan to set SMART New Year’s resolutions. (Read about SMART goals here)

Secondly, I want to involve God more. In the past, I have set many worthy New Year’s resolutions: most years, I’ve even had a “spiritual goals” category.

Most of the time, however, I’ve fallen short in making God my partner in accomplishing these goals. Maybe that’s the main reason I’ve failed so often.

God is eager to help us succeed. Some of our goals may not be in alignment with his long-term goals for us, but many of them are. Naturally, he’s interested in our spiritual progress, but our temporal strides also matters to him. Because isn’t our spiritual welfare often interconnected with our temporal circumstances?

One of my goals, for example, is to learn a certain graphics software program. How can I make God my partner in doing so? I could, for example, ask Him to help me:

  • Stay motivated to follow through
  • Be patient with myself as I learn
  • Speed up my learning curve
  • Retain what I learn (my memory always needs help!)
  • Minimize frustration (technology problems, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, really push my buttons)
  • Find joy in developing a new talent.

Why would God even be interested in helping me learn a graphics software program? It seems such a trivial thing.

Maybe. But I have a few guesses why he would care:

  • The traits I develop (persistence, perseverance, problem solving…) may come in handy later
  • He can use my newfound skills to bless others
  • My increased faith in and reliance on him prepares me for greater things
  • It matters to me and he wants me to be happy

Now, it’s possible God feels I should be focusing on something other than learning this graphics software program (like writing, taking care of my family, serving others…). If that’s the case, I hope I’m spiritually sensitive enough to get the message.

In either case, I plan to make God my partner as I set my New Year’s resolutions this time around. And as I do so, I rely on Ezra Taft Benson’s quote (one of my absolute favorites):

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace.” Ezra Taft Benson, Jesus Christ – Gift and Expectations

Yes, please!

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? How do you plan to accomplish them?


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