I have been thinking about New Year’s resolutions. My tennis coach told us to change a losing strategy. If something isn’t working, do something different. That is what a resolution does: changes a losing strategy. But there is an underlying assumption: that someone wants to win. I don’t think that is always true. I think that most of the time we just want to go down the line of least resistance, we want to get by. So we make resolutions that we don’t intend to keep. From a spiritual standpoint there are
always things we can do better but ultimately we don’t depend on ourselves, we depend on God. It is God who can make enduring changes in us. And we don’t ask for change for our own sake but for the sake of others. Here is a new strategy: skip the resolutions and ask God to make the changes needed for the sake of others.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Isaiah 43:18