As tradition is in our culture, today is the day we make resolutions. We decide we want to be a better person and the beginning of the new year is when we will begin making these changes.
Most often people do well keeping their resolution for a while then slowly it goes by the wayside.
We all know that this is usually how it happens so we pull God into our resolutions. We begin bargaining with Him. For example: God if I exercise every day I want you to help me to lose weight. We make statements that hold us accountable to God. And they do just that. We then are held accountable to God. Our resolution then becomes a vow before The Lord because we have called Him out and asked for His assistance.
Making a vow before The Lord is a serious matter. Here are some things to consider:
Did you pray to The Lord, asking Him what He wants for you?
Do you have a tangible goal? A goal that you can measure how you are doing? Something that will keep you accountable? e.g. I will exercise for thirty minutes every weekday.
Did you set a timeline for this vow? e.g. I will walk thirty minutes every weekday for six months.
I am glad that you have decided to do better. And I think it’s great that you have decided to include Jesus. Just remember that since you have enlisted His help in the beginning you need to continue to rely on Him. You need to realize the severity of this promise. God doesn’t take vows lightly so neither should we.
That all being said, if you do fail in your vow before The Lord, all is not lost if you seek His forgiveness. Remember though, He wants you to succeed. He wants you to obtain your goals. So I encourage you to pray, work and watch for changes to come to pass.