“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” (Henry Moore)
I appreciate Moore’s sentiment as I believe it much more sustainable. Take your pick from among your New Year’s resolutions, and the reality of whether or not that resolution is kept is not dependent upon what is done for an entire year, but instead what is done THIS day.
For example, if we were to take as our own, King David’s resolution to not let our gaze fall upon any vile, unwholesome thing (Psalm 101:3), we would have to decide moment by moment to force our eyes to look elsewhere to successfully accomplish that pledge. The same thing could be said about Daniel’s resolution with his diet (Daniel 1:8), and so on.
It’s the successful, faithful moments that add up to faithful days, and faithful days that turn into faithful, resolution-keeping years. When it comes to resolutions, the years are easy – it’s the tempting moments that trip us up!
If you’re a resolution setter, try looking at them as moment-by-moment pledges and not year-long; it’s slightly less overwhelming, AND it’s in the moments where the battle is either won or lost.
Lord, we ask for Your strength to fulfill the godly vows we long to live out day by day. Forgive us for the times we let You and ourselves down, and help us to try again in the next moment – knowing You love us just as much as before we stumbled. –Dave
I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. (Psalm 101:3)
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