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Did you know a synonym for resolution is courage? I find that to be very interesting. Especially in light of how our culture pokes fun at resolutions and deems them anything but courageous. Or how they are a laughable matter at the water cooler and social media posts. All you need to do is google “funniest new year’s resolution tweets” and you’ll find hours of laughs. {I actually did this and found it to be quite entertaining.}

But, it brings to the forefront just how undisciplined we are – or how little belief we have in ourselves to successfully persist through the process of change. Maybe a softer explanation for this is we are overwhelmed to the point of immobilization. We are bombarded with information from so many different mediums on so many different things. Call me an optimist, but I firmly believe people are well-intentioned. We don’t set out to NOT accomplish our to-do list each morning. We don’t decide first thing, that we are going to fail. Hope is alive and drives our actions. But then life happens. Circumstances change that thwart our efforts or reroute our routine. Outside influences tempt us to deviate from our intentions and pressure us to the point of caving in or throwing in the towel.     

All too often people tend to want to change their circumstance or the things around them. They believe things will be better when they move to a different neighborhood, when they get that new job, when they get a raise, when the house is remodeled, when the kids are all grown up, etc.

The common theme in the paragraph above is that all of the changes desired are circumstantial. Rooting your desired outcomes on circumstances is like building a house on sand. Who remembers Jesus’ parable about the wise and foolish builders (Luke 6:46-49)? Maybe you’ve never heard it in the context of change before. But if you set out to change, or build a resolution on outward circumstances, you are like the foolish builder who builds his house on the sand. What you are forgetting is that circumstances can change for the worse or the better. What happens when they change for the worse? More often than not, we crumble and our resolution is but a blip on our change radar at best, or a complete and utter failure at worst.   

BUT.

If your desired outcome is rooted in your personal character, or if your resolutions are a direct reflection of who YOU want to be, you are like the wise builder who builds his house on the rock. You are best equipped to successfully persist in the process of change if your reason for change or your variables of change are not based on a certain set of circumstance, but rather based on YOU!

You are the one in control of whether you change or not. You are in control of whether you meet your goals or accomplish your resolutions or not.

It’s not about a program that failed you.

It’s not about a facility that treats you unfairly.

It’s not about a group of people who support you.

It’s not about someone who bends the rules.

It’s not about the weather.

Insert any external circumstance here.

It IS about your ability to make a daily decision to change. Change is a process. To commit to the process of change takes a firm foundation. This firm foundation is the rock on which you can build your resolutions. In the parable of the wise and foolish builders we learn the firm foundation is a man who comes to the Lord, hears His Word and puts it into practice (Luke 6:47).

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