Food for Thought….#1 Tool for Reaching your Goals in 2015; Humility

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Happy New Year!!  Along with the new year, comes New Year’s Resolutions, right?!

 

Do you ever wonder why you don’t reach your goals or New Year’s Resolutions?  You may start out strong, and then soon, little by little, you start to slow down, lose sight of your goals, get busy with other things, or just lose interest, and you end up failing.

 

It could be a weight goal, financial goal, goals for working less, or to quit smoking or drinking.  Whatever that goal is, most of the time it comes down to one reason we fail.  Pride.  Yes, not having humility in our lives creates pride, and with pride comes the fall.  

 

Pride, that caused angels to walk away and be cast into eternal darkness.  Pride, that caused Eve and Adam to disobey and fall into the first sin.  Pride, that has caused many hearts over the ages to disobey, to reject, to cheat, to steal, to walk away, to betray, to deny….to fail.  

 

But, there is great news. 

 

When we are completely humbled before God, when we are at absolute surrender to our Heavenly Father, is the only time He can completely and ultimately work in us and through us.  We are naturally weak, and designed to fully depend on the Lord for all our needs.  When we try to accomplish our goals on our own, we ultimately fail.  We must put pride to death in our hearts, and allow the humility of the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us.  

 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”  Micah 6:8

 

I’ve heard these resolutions many times…or have said them myself:

 

Resolution: Save Money, Pay off Debt, Be More Responsible with My Finances, Stay on a Budget

 

PRIDE:  “But I worked hard all week, and I deserve so and so.”   OR  “My kids are growing up so fast, and I want to take them on vacation before they are grown and gone.”  OR  “It was on sale, and I got a great deal.”  OR  “I got it with 0% interest.”  OR “I wanted help with a budget, but I’m too embarrassed to show anyone how bad my finances really are.”  

 

Anything that causes you to go further in debt, not pay off your debt, or is used as a means to fill an empty need in your heart is contrary to humility, and will cause you to fail.

 

HUMILITY:  “I will allow the Lord, who promised to provide all I need, to show me how to be a good steward of His money that He has provided for me.”  AND “I will ask for help and accountability from others to help me succeed.” 

 

Resolution: Quit Smoking/Drinking, Lose Weight, Get in Shape

 

PRIDE:  “I tried and tried, and I just can’t quit, or I tried, and it worked for a while, but I started (habit) again.”  OR “I lost weight, but I gained it all back again.”

 

That habit is a stronghold in your heart, pride allows you to justify it, and you fail.

 

HUMILITY:  “I tried, but I can’t do it on my own, so I am going to humbly submit my stronghold to the Lord, and allow Him to change my heart.” AND “I’m humbly going to ask others for accountability and help to succeed.”

 

Resolution: Read more, Pray more, Go to bible study more.  

PRIDE:  “I just don’t have time to add one more thing to my schedule.”  

 

This is a “Martha” mentality, and it’s pride that allows us to esteem our time on other things over that of time with the Lord.  

 

HUMILITY:  “I am going to get my priorities in order, and allow the Lord to reign over my schedule.”

 

Resolution: Share the gospel more, serve more, help others more.

 

PRIDE:  “I don’t know enough to share with someone,” OR “I’m not good enough or smart enough to serve or to help them with that”

 

This is actually pride!  When you have this mentality, you are basing your service on what you think you can do, and not what the Lord has for you to do.  Allow Him to equip you to serve, and all the glory will be given to God.

 

HUMILITY:  “I will follow God’s will, and will be open to where He wants me to serve.  I will allow Him to provide and equip me with what I need to accomplish His will.”

 

 How do we reach humility in our lives?

 

Get to know the Lord more each day through prayer and reading his Holy Word.  It’s filled with instructions!!

Matthew 11:29 says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”    The Lord is gently and lowly in heart…what a better example can you get than that?!  

 

Be patient with yourself! Read how long it took the disciples to obey sometimes.  

 

Share your struggles with other believers.   “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Prov. 27:17.  

 

 Ask for help.  Pray for the Lord to break those strongholds and bonds that are keeping you apart from Him.  “For now I will break off his yoke from you, and burst your bonds apart.”  Nahum 1:13  Nothing is impossible for God.  Submit to His will, and ask others for help and accountability.  

 

STAY humble.  We will continue to struggle and fall, but remember that our God is merciful and gracious.   Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  

 

Wait on the Lord to provide.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Phil. 4:13

 

 What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  I’d love to hear what yours are!!  

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  1. Well written and humbling!