What percentage of people keep their resolutions? According the Forbes Magazine, “only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.”1
Does that surprise you? The article goes on to list how the 8% actually achieve success with their resolutions.
I am not advocating laziness or avoiding setting goals for the coming year. However, we often evaluate our lives and determine what is needed to become a better person. I need to eat healthier, exercise more, kinder, loving, giving, etc.
What if the solution to more resolutions being achieved is not a focus on self, but instead on who we are in Christ? Is it possible that by focusing on Christ we will actually become more kind, loving, giving, and maybe even healthier?
As we begin 2016, I want to remind you of your identity in Christ:
- You are loved. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
- You are chosen. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4).
- You are God’s child. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
- You are forgiven. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
- You are righteous. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- You are saved. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- You are free. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
Blessings to you and your family in 2016!
By J.L. Martin
Husband to Bethany
Dad of 1 boy, 3 girls
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Pastor of Children and Family at Hesston MB Church
 Dan Diamond, “Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They Do It.” Forbes, January 1, 2013 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/)