At the start of every year, New Years resolutions are made with great intentions and wonderful expec-tations. Usually, within a few days, or at very best a few weeks, we go back to our old ways and the resolution that we made for the New Year becomes old news.
You see, New Year's resolutions are our way of trying to conquer the giants that are in our lives. For some, the giant can be a health, weight or fitness issue. For others, the giant can be an attitude, character or emotional issue. Or the giant can be a habit, addiction or financial issue.
Whatever your giant is, we all know that New Year's resolutions do not overcome them.
Today I want to share with you something that works far better at overcoming these giants in our lives than New Year's resolutions. Each year, instead of making a "New Year's resolution," my wife, Darlene, and I take on a "New Year's rendering" of our lives into the hands of God. In other words, at the start of each year, we choose together to allow God into every decision that we make and we ask God to lead us through the year and to show us how to overcome the giants.
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Here are three steps that we take at the start of each year (look for steps four, five and six in my next column).
Step 1: Remind yourself of how God sees you.
If we are to operate as giant-destroyers in 2009, we must be confident in whom God has made us to be. Remember that God is more interested in the "inner you" than the "outer you." In fact the Bible says that "man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." As you learn to see yourself as God sees you, you have taken the first step to becoming a destroyer of giants.
Step 2: Humbly serve people that you meet.
So many people live life trying to be "discovered." Many have the attitude that if they act or look a certain way, or if they get to know a certain person then every problem in their lives will be overcome. God actually has a marketing plan for your life, and the key to it is simple: ditch the constant grasping for more money, status and recognition. Then become a humble servant to those around you, just as Jesus did. As you keep an attitude and heart of humility and serve faithfully where God places you, then you will move closer to defeating those 2009 giants!
Step 3: Get God's perspective on the giants in your life.
Perhaps you are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. David never called Goliath a giant because he didn't see him as a giant. Everyone else focused on how big and tough Goliath was, but David had God's perspective on things. He saw Goliath as a roadblock to the purpose of God, and he dealt with him accordingly. We need to see the giants of life that come against us with God's perspective; then we will be closer to overcoming them.
Start with these three steps, and I hope that you will find them to be far more effective than any New Year's resolution. I pray that 2009 will be a year for destroying giants that have overshadowed your life for too long.