January’s Expectations

With January comes thoughts of starting afresh. It is that time of year when our goals turn to self-improvement. Whether our resolution is to lift ourselves out of a financial quagmire, shed a few unwanted pounds, get healthier, or to stop a certain sin in our life, the need for self-improvement sparks a quest to purge ourselves of old destructive habits. Our hopes are high for success as well as our bolstered resolve to achieve our goals.

Yet, as the month progresses, and our routine life intrudes, how many of our resolutions and good intentions go by the way side? Hope was alive and well when we started our journey but now as the weeks, role by and our will-power becomes weaker many of us give up and give in. And when that happens, a sense of depression may develop, then self-degradation, and maybe even a degree of self-worthlessness because we have let ourselves down. The whole process is a path of destruction in a way, isn’t it? So much so that many people forget the messy business of resolutions and self-improvement all together.

Giving up on resolutions may not be such a bad idea, actually. The idea to improve our lives only at the beginning of each new year does not hold to what the Bible says. As we read passages in our daily Bible study that speak to us, we should adopt their teachings. This should be done all throughout the year-not just as a resolution at New Year’s. And your struggles should always be given to God through prayer to ask Him to help you through them rather than try to tackle them on your own.

The attempt at self-improvement is a good idea, especially to get rid of sin in our lives; however, change should be made through Christ Jesus and not through our own weak human willpower. Through Christ alone will we find our victory. He helps to sustain us and to strengthen us. Jesus is our redeemer and our friend. He is our constant need in times of troubles and trial. Psalm 46:1 says that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Without Him we can achieve nothing worthwhile but through Him we can reach beyond our human expectations and embrace a world unimaginable. Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Self-improvement is a great thing as long as you do it according to what the Bible has to say. Also, do not try to attempt it without the help and love of God on your side. God makes peace where there is chaos and brings healing where there is nothing but struggle and strife. Your problems may seem insurmountable, but they are trivial things to the Lord above who is just waiting for you to ask for His help in overcoming your “Goliaths” or the problematic mountains in your life.

It is one thing to say that you’re are a Christian, and handle things just as you have always done before which has led you to this point in your life. It is quite another miraculous thing entirely to give your problems to God in prayer, study your Bible daily to stay attuned to His words for you and to put your complete trust and faith in Him. When you do this, you will find that your problems will fade, your resolve will grow stronger to overcome your sin, and the Lord will bless you and carry your through.

Don’t believe me? Give it a try and see for yourself. The Lord will sustain you and help you to achieve your “resolution”. If your goal is pleasing to Him and goes along with the teachings of His word, then He will bless you and you will prosper over the sin or problem in your life. The first step is to take it to Him in prayer and to remember:

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”   ~ Philippians 4:13


Laura Linne is a born again Christian. She is also a novelist and a freelance writer for many websites. Check out her book, “The Silver Falcon” on Amazon.com.