Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? One study says that 45% of Americans usually make a New Year’s Resolution. Why is it that we wait until the start of the new year to set our minds on making changes. The truth is we can make changes any time.
Admittedly, makings changes can be quite challenging. It takes a lot of commitment and self-discipline to maintain our resolve. It is interesting to look at the stats on broken resolutions. The study mentioned above noted that of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions, 75% will maintain their goals through the first week, 64% will maintain their goals through the first month, 46% will maintain their goals through six months, and a mere 8% will maintain their goals through the full year. Commitment seems to be the issue...
The walk of faith is really no different. When it comes to our faith, choosing to follow Christ is a daily decision. But here too, commitment seems to be an issue. Some struggle with the forgiveness issue. They believe they have done too many bad things to make a difference or be of any benefit to God. Others struggle with the failure issue. They are convinced that it is simply too late and they have waited too long to make a difference. Still others struggle with the priority issue. They are convinced they have too many things going on in life to have the time it takes to make a difference.
The truth is our God forgives and restores. Our God is not confined to time, and it’s never too late to live for Him. Our God used Paul, a man who persecuted the church and brought about havoc among the early Christians. If he can use Paul, God can use you!