The Lord's way of making resolutions is to take the sacrament each week in a spirit of repentance with a promise to strive to do better.
Through this holy covenant- making we have his power to help us progress. This consistent and gradual progress will be far more successful than a "flash in the pan" declaration every Jan. 1st!
Geoff, I love the way you articulate this concern, and I'm going to do better at acknowledging that God is truly in charge of my life, and that is a very good thing!
I love New Year Resolutions. I've been making and breaking them for decades! I make them in January, and also in September - a new school year. I also make new "resolutions" almost Sunday during the Sacrament and any time I get out my journal feeling the need to turn over a new leaf or tow. Yeh, I almost always fall short - no, I always fall short, but I keep trying and do see some improvement now and then. I'm not going to give up my resolve even though my progress is less than spectacular!! I know the Lord knows what I'm working on, because we work on me together.
I have heard so many times that Utah has more depression than any other state. That bothered me - we have the gospel. Then I heard Vitamin D supplementation is needed where you don't get enough sunshine. But I decided, it is mostly the pressure people put on themselves to become perfect. I h ave been a member for 39 years now. I have become more perfect in that time slowly but always upward as I have applied the gospel teaching to my life. I never have New Years Resolutions. It is too much like the program the Church had for women at least - Pursuit of Excellence. I refused to do that - I didn't want to become depressed. What happened to that program? Ha!
I have never set resolutions. I don't believe in them.
I do however set about 5 goals for the year. There is way to much pressure on resolutions and perfection. People should be taught to strive FOR perfection - stop the BE perfect idea. We will never be perfected in this life anyway but we can strive to do our best and better our best.
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