Start With 'Why!'

How exciting!!! Time for New Year’s Resolutions, what to write, what to write.  You’ll find no pressure here to make an impressive, yet unrealistic, list. In past years of kept and unkept goals, I’ve discovered the ones that I stick to are the ones I really believe in. To be scientific about it, let’s call it the ‘why’ factor. What should first be considered in goal making is the ‘why’.  All successful goals are found in discovering why.

Our goals should be unique to ourselves. Growing up in a small town, I hold dearly to the sense of community helping community. Last year, I dipped my toe in the water of community service, doing some outreaches for police officers and serving meals at a rescue mission. It’s given me confidence as to how I can do more this year.

So if I were to give any New Year’s Resolution advice it would be to set realistic, accomplishable goals. But I will say that any goal, if not done for the ‘why’ often becomes easy to leave behind. In fact, researchers studying West Point students, discovered cadets who had strong internal motivation like wanting to serve because of a love for country, or to be a good officer fared better than their fellow classmates who had instrumental goals, like make money and getting free tuition.

The ‘why’ for anything can be found in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­1 Corinthians 10:31 which says to do all things to the glory of God.  Glorifying God is of the highest importance and is where we can find enduring motivation, not just a fleeting endeavor.

Not only is God ‘why’ we set the goals we do, He also gives us the strength to accomplish those goals. One of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:13, tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

My friend, whatever God lays on your heart to accomplish this year, He will be your best accountability partner, coach, friend, and well of strength, love, and grace!