Some people simply don’t bother with resolutions. They’ve given up. Perhaps they’ve become discouraged after having failed in the past. Making a plan or a promise (they feel) simply sets them up for failure, and then they end up feeling worse in the end. But if we were to make resolutions with a good dose of humility thrown in, we might begin to understand that failure can be a part of the process. Failure can lead to growth and the movement forward, especially if it causes us to fall upon God’s help again and again. If we ask for help, it’s amazing what God can send our way: energy, hope, faith, new resources in friends, in teachers or advisors, and in community.
A prayer for the New Year from the Church of England’s Common Worship seems like a good one as we ask for God’s help with whatever might be our hopes or resolutions: