Far too many resolutions fail because we fail to pray. We set out with courage, ambition, and even some exhilaration. We might pray over our resolution(s) on that first day of January, like praying in the driveway before a long car ride. But before we’ve even made it out onto the highway of another year, we’ve already left prayer behind, and with it, the power needed to persevere in any new habit or pattern.
As we prepare to enter the new year, many of us are thinking about Resolutions. I’m wary of them because I know how flimsy they can be, but Marshall Segal has some poignant words for us before we enter 2017. I think having goals for a new year is a good thing, but let’s not rely only on our own strength to accomplish them.