The end of the year means many people, us included, begin to think of New Year’s resolutions: The stuff in our lives we’d like to change, and we’ll make these changes right after the holidays are over. We’ll cut back on sugar and carbohydrates. We’ll exercise more; maybe join a gym. We’ll spend fewer hours on video games or Facebook or other time-wasting hobbies. We’ll learn Spanish, or learn to cook, or learn to scuba dive. We’ll travel more, yet somehow spend less. We’ll learn French cooking, yet somehow eat healthier. We’ll watch less TV, yet start watching that one show we were most curious about. Hey, nobody said it was all logical.
As Christians, we’ll often resolve to be better Christians. We’ll resolve to pray more. Or go to church more regularly. Or read more bible—perhaps even all the way through. Or put more in the collection plate. Or join one of our church’s ministry groups.
Yet like all the other resolutions we make at the end of December, chances are it’ll be broken and abandoned by the middle of March. Why?