03 Jan 2019 05:11am IST
We have heard lots about traditions and traditions that we keep and practise. Or can we call it a belief? As whenever we enter a church where we have never been, on our first visit - to make three wishes; when an eye lash falls or at night when you see a star falling… and come the New Year to make resolutions. Resolutions that we keep till to the end or are broken half way!
Resolutions! Hmm, are part and parcel of life! These resolutions in a way facilitate us to keep track of our way of life and are like speed-breakers to slow down, check-in or stop and start again. Yes, resolutions are promises that a person makes not only for the New Year but throughout the year. Say monthly resolutions or goals or targets that we set and desire to accomplish within a certain period of time. Regardless of what the resolution we commit to, the goal is to improve life or make progress at different levels. To think positive; to be patient; to leave early for work! to decide on a fixed time to retire to bed; to delete those apps that eat much of your time; to regularise personal study; to read the Word of God daily!
St Paul writing to Ephesians says: ‘You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires’. These resolves which a person makes to change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish the personal goal or otherwise get better in their life need to be done by God’s grace, through faith in God’s power and for God’s glory. For Prophet Isaiah assures: ‘But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’
God unravels his promise through Jeremiah 29: 11 “I have plans for you, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope….’
We say in Konkani, “khoi ghel’lo re khoi nam, kitem haddlem kaim ek nam”. To avoid anything of this sort, the decisions or resolutions we take would be advisable to pick three among the list in priority and important you feel the need to work on! You should have one really important goal that you're going to achieve no matter what. It is even more worthwhile to post them (resolutions) somewhere in a word to bear in mind.
‘Where there’s a wheel there’s a way’. Turning each resolution into a habit; Working on one habit for a month or if not succeeded trying for another 30 days would seal this age old maxim ‘Practice makes a man’. Be honest with yourself and don’t condemn but be compassionate when you slip for not achieving your target. For St Paul assures us that our god makes us worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose (goal, promise, resolutions) and every effort of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you. As said above ‘The resolves which a person makes to change, an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish the personal goal or otherwise get better in their life need to be done by god’s grace, through faith in god’s power and for god’s glory.