Include Jesus in Your New Year's Resolutions

I always like to take the end of December to rest, reflect, and begin to plan for the next year. As a goal-oriented person, I like New Year’s Resolutions. They help keep me on track when I’m feeling aimless.

Include Jesus in your New Year’s Resolutions. Let us goal-oriented people remember James 4.

Include Jesus in your New Year’s Resolutions. Let us goal-oriented people remember James 4.

I prefer to have a year-long goal and then some smaller quarterly or monthly goals. For example, one of my personal goals is to evaluate my life and see why the word FREEDOM keeps popping up. Is the Holy Spirit trying to tell me I need freedom from some things, some attitudes, or some relationships this year?

One of my business goals is to publish #4 in the “Love is” series and hire an agent for the Biblical fiction that I co-wrote with my husband, Loyal Judas. I know these things are going to take at least six months, and probably longer.

Then I like to break those longer-term goals into smaller goals. I need to revise and edit Loyal Judas first, and re-brand the “Love is” series by March 1. Then I will spend two months drafting #4, three months revising and editing, one month formatting and preparing a launch strategy. That puts me with a tentative launch date of September, but that’s one of my busiest months with starting homeschool again. So I may try for a launch date around my birthday, the end of October. As a self-published author, I can change my deadlines if something unexpected pops us.

As to hiring an agent, I need to set smaller goals of writing my query letter, editing and revising my query letter, sending to three agents at a time, tweaking my query letter, and sending to more agents if the first batch doesn’t produce anything.

But in my personal goals, how can I measure freedom? I really can’t. That’s where trust comes in for this goal-oriented, detailed person. I have to leave that up to God. I will explore the Bible to learn more about freedom and slavery, and I will listen to Him.

I need to continually remind myself of James 4:13-17 (ESV):

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Even the best well-laid plans will be vain and empty without consulting the Lord first.

What about you? Do you have any goals for 2019? How have you broken them down into bite-sized goals that are attainable? Comment below!

I like to start with a word or two that the Lord has been showing to me over and over again. The last three years has been a message of HOPE. Now I feel the Lord is moving me deeper into this word by focusing on GRACE, FREEDOM, and LIGHT.

Stay tuned for more about these words this year.

As we head into the New Year, join me in prayer for direction and grace when things don’t go as we planned. Happy New Year!