In the past I have avoided making New Year’s resolutions, and if I did I held them lightly. I expected that, before January was even finished, I would have failed to keep my resolutions. Resolutions such as exercising more, eating healthier, or spending more time with family were amazing ideas, but I never seemed to stick it out for longer than a few weeks.
Last year in early January, I remember scrolling through social media and noticing that every other post was about what people promised they would change in 2016. Something really ugly was forming in my heart the further I scrolled. I was allowing pride to sneak in, thinking that I was better for not setting myself up for failure like they were.
But it was in that place of complete pride and immaturity that I felt the Lord speak to me.
“Hanna, I actually have something I want you to commit to this year.”
“Oh…Okay,” I thought to myself.
“I want you to include me more in the little things, in the unremarkable events, in the things you don’t think you need help with.”
In that moment, the Lord gently humbled me. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, I knew I would fail miserably. This was not just a nice idea to be a better me in 2016, this was something that the Lord desired to develop in me so that we could have a closer relationship. This resolution to include the Lord was going to take some discipline, but it would be so worth it.
Last year I grew in allowing God to meet me in the quiet moments. In the times when I felt most alone, He was so near. This set me up for crucial times when I was figuring out what I was doing with my life. I was far more familiar with His voice and recognised how desperately I needed God in both the easy and difficult decisions.
Never before have I kept a New Year’s resolution for longer than a few weeks.
However, as I looked back at the year, I realised the secret in keeping a resolution through to the end. Include God in it.
I have tried to do things on my own, but it gets tiring and I lose interest. The only reason I managed to stick this out is because God got involved.
I do not know what this next year holds for me, or if I am even going to make a new resolution. But I know that if I am seeking growth in my life that is worth my time and effort, I need to start by asking how God wants to bring transformation and invite him to help me do it.
by Hanna Waddell
YWAM Newcastle Communications Staff