You’ve probably heard the statistics before. About half of the U.S. population makes New Year’s resolutions, but only eight percent of those who make resolutions succeed in keeping them.
So why do I, year after year, sit down with a sheet of paper and pen to write out resolutions for the upcoming year? Don’t the statistics indicate that I’m doomed to fail?
While there is certainly no biblical imperative to make resolutions, and their efficacy isn’t promising, I tend to approach resolutions with the perspective of Dwight Eisenhower: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”
New Year’s resolutions aren’t a silver bullet that will help me become a better version of me. Instead, they are tools to help me think well and concretely about what the upcoming year might hold. My resolutions are a way I number my days and live with wisdom. Resolutions offer me a means of sorting through my hopes and dreams, tuning myself to how God is at work in my life and through…